Topic archive - Business Openings

Old Maryland Grill comes to College Park

Local restaurateur Mike Franklin, who also owns Franklin’s restaurant in Hyattsville,
has opened the upscale Old Maryland Grill in The Hotel at the University of
Maryland. Old Maryland Grill serves a number of locally-sourced dining options
including Maryland-themed dishes such as crab cakes and Chesapeake blue catfish.

MilkBoy ArtHouse has arrived!

After much anticipation, the MilkBoy ArtHouse restaurant and performing arts venue on Route 1 has opened its doors. MilkBoy ArtHouse is a performance venue, restaurant and craft bar where the campus and community can gather, connect and explore. The restaurant is now fully operational with artists performances beginning this September.

OpenBarre is open for business!

College Park is now the home of OpenBarre, a new fitness studio, founded by University of Maryland alumni Lauren Filocco. OpenBarre aims to provide a unique workout experience that incorporates pilates, yoga and ballet with other exercises like squats and planks. There are four types of barre classes offered and you can sign up for classes on the studio’s website here!

Numi Yoga Now Open on College Ave.

Kelsey Starr is the founder of Numi Yoga, now open on College Ave. Kelsey has been practicing yoga since 2010 and has completed over 500 hours of training with local and nationally recognized teachers. Previously having taught yoga in communities surrounding University of Michigan and University of Illinois, Kelsey now brings her expertise to another Big10 college town.


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Fat Pete’s Comes to College Park

On October 8th the much anticipated barbeque restaurant Fat Pete’s officially opened it’s College Park location with over 500 people coming by on Saturday.

Fat Pete’s is located at 7406 Baltimore Ave and is ranked among the “Best BBQ Joints in DC”. Fat Pete’s College Park location specializes in smoked meats and vegetables.

Fat Pete’s BBQ Meat & Vegetable Smoking Company is open 7 days a week beginning at 11:30am and is available for private events, parties, and carry-out orders. Delivery will start soon on the University of Maryland Campus and the surrounding area.

Food Trucks Launch in Downtown College Park

On September 2nd, College Park is launching as the first operating Food Truck Hub in Prince George’s County.

The Q Truck, as seen on the Fox 5 News Zip Trip segment featuring the City of College Park, will feature fresh and exciting quesadilla flavors: Fresh Salmon and Chive Quesadilla, Caprese Quesadilla with a Balsamic Glaze, Whiskey Mac & Cheese Quesadilla and so much more. The Q Truck is excited to call Prince George’s County home.

Click here to read the official press release.

Nando’s Peri-Peri Grand Opening

11AM – 9PM

Nando’s invites you to help give back to the community as you enjoy your first taste of their legendary PERi-PERi chicken!

During the restaurant’s first three opening days, 100% of your bill will go to the University of Maryland’s Campus Pantry! The UMD Campus pantry provides emergency food to students, faculty, and staff in need.

For more information contact (240) 582-8420. Nando’s Peri-Peri is located at 7400 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, Maryland.

halal butcher and grocer opens in Hollywood

Open since last week, Star Halal Meat and African Grocery is a family-owned butcher shop providing authentic West African products and halal meat. The family opened their first location in Takoma Park and decided to pursue a second location in the Hollywood Commercial District along Rhode Island Avenue. Their butcher shop carries a selection of beef, chicken, goat, and lamb that can be cut to the customer’s specification. Additionally, they have a charcoal grill onsite, where they’ll cook any meat purchased for patrons and serve it with rice and a spicy sauce. Beyond halal meet, the store carries dried spices, herbs, seasonings, palm oil, clothes, and other daily items.

Star Halal is located at 4936 Edgewood Road in the shopping plaza with A-1 Pawn and New York Deli.

Business Beat:
October 2014 Edition

This month’s edition of the College Park Business Beat features information on the latest pizza operation in Downtown, a medical spa in Campus Village Shopping Center, a sleek Korean BBQ restaurant, and the launch of the Hollywood Commercial District Facade Improvement Program.

Long-awaited Board Game Cafe
Set to Open Next week

While a few construction-related delays have pushed backed the original spring opening date, The Board and Brew is ready to open their doors to the public next week.  The board game cafe is a blend of an independent coffee house and a relaxed entertainment venue centered around more than 500 board games. Located on the ground floor of The Varsity student housing complex at 8150 Baltimore Avenue, the cafe will offer specialty coffees and teas along with a menu of homemade treats and small plates.

The brains behind the concept, Brian McClimens and Benjamin Epstein, are both graduates from the University of Maryland and they hope to bring a different form of entertainment to College Park. Beyond the vast selection of board games, the owners will have regular events like open-mic, trivia, and tournaments. Customers can rent board games for a flat fee of $5.00 for an unlimited amount of time.

The venue is the first grant recipient through the City’s Commercial Tenant Improvement Program, which was designed to attract small, locally-owned businesses through matching grants for build-out expenses.

The owners have created a parking map to help customers find the easiest options, which include on-site parking behind the business and free afternoon and weekend parking on the University of Maryland campus.