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"Hola, Hon"

Award-winning Baltimore restaurant Nacho Mama’s plans to open a second location in downtown Towson. The 6,700 square foot Tex-Mex restaurant will be located at York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue and will feature casual seating, outdoor tables, a welcoming bar and private dining space. 

“Baltimore County welcomes Nacho Mama’s to Towson with a big ‘Hola, Hon.’ Nacho Mama’s mixes Tex-Mex fun with the King of Rock and Roll and turns it into a uniquely Baltimore restaurant,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “It’s great to have a local Canton favorite adding to downtown Towson’s mix of restaurants, shops and entertainment.” 

Second Location for Popular Canton Restaurant

Nacho Mama's Logo“Opening a second location is an exciting part of our story and in true Nacho Mama’s fashion, we will continue to celebrate Baltimore’s cheeky culture,” said Jackie McCusker, restaurateur and owner, Nacho Mama's. “It has always been our dream to put a Nacho Mama’s into a county location and we are thrilled it’s going to be in Towson.” 

“We pride ourselves on large portions of great food, using fresh ingredients,” said Phil Gelso, restaurateur and owner, Nacho Mama's. “Folks will be able to enjoy all of the favorites they’ve grown to love on our Canton menu along with daily specials. It’s going to be an exciting opening and Jackie and I can’t wait to show you our new space.”  

Pending a liquor license transfer hearing and kitchen and building renovations, Nacho Mama’s plans to open its Towson restaurant in 2016.

Adds to $1 Billion in New Downtown Towson Investment

Downtown Towson has seen more than $1 billion in recent private investment, including over 2,700 new apartments and town homes built or in development; Towson Row, a mixed-use development featuring offices, apartments, a hotel, and Whole Foods Market; the Towson Square entertainment center anchored by Cinemark Theatres; and the Towson City Center office tower with companies employing over 600 people in the heart of downtown Towson.    

Image of Towson Row ConceptKevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive

One of the great pleasures as Baltimore County Executive is the opportunity to share great news that will have a positive impact on everyone living in our County. I just had the pleasure of unveiling Towson Row, a $300 million development project at the southern gateway to downtown Towson.   

There are a lot of things I particularly love about this announcement. First, this is truly a transformational private investment in downtown Towson and in our County. The offices, apartments, student housing, hotel, shops, restaurants, an upscale grocery with plenty of parking will truly transform our County seat into a vibrant downtown center. 

It’s a bit difficult to visualize where all this development fits into downtown Towson. Towson Row will be bounded by York Road, Towsontown Boulevard, Chesapeake, Susquehanna, and Washington Avenues. Right now, there are mostly older office buildings and parking lots on these five acres, but since they sit behind other buildings, it’s a bit hard to see from the major roads. But don’t worry, once the project is built, you won’t be able to miss it!  You’ll start to see construction in 2015.        

Second, Towson Row will be developed, owned and managed by Caves Valley Partners. This is the team that transformed the former Investment Building at the Towson traffic circle into the gleaming, fully leased Towson City Center.  Caves Valley Partners is based in Baltimore County and brings development expertise and success, plus a vision and commitment to excellence from a team that lives and works here.

Third, Towson Row is $300 million in private sector investment. This project will bring millions in new property tax revenue to Baltimore County, which will  help us support public safety, public education, and restore our aging infrastructure, and help us continue to hold the line on income and property tax rates. It will also provide construction jobs and new employment opportunities. 

Fourth, Towson has become a “hot spot” for new development. Over $600 million in private investment is taking shape in downtown Towson just in the past three years. We now add Towson Row to Towson City Center, residences at The Palisades and 101 YORK, and the Towson Square movies theatres and restaurants. Take a virtual video tour of new development in downtown Towson.

I’m pleased and proud to say “it’s Towson’s Time.”  

LA Fitness Fronda Cohen
Baltimore County Communications Office

When you think of the West Coast, you think of sunshine, light, and a lot of well-exercised, healthy people. Soon, LA Fitness will bring a touch of the West Coast to downtown Towson with a two-level health and fitness center at Towson Commons. From the building’s rotunda entrance at York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, guests will be able to see the LA Fitness space, with views to an indoor lap pool and a stair case with glass rails. Light will fill the upstairs space with new windows, opening up what is now a blank wall facing York Road. 
“It’s truly Towson’s Time. We are thrilled that LA Fitness is bringing new energy back to Towson Commons,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This is a great location in the heart of downtown Towson, convenient for workers, students and residents.”

LA Fitness will dramatically transform space that once housed out-of-date movie theatres. The center will feature basketball and racquet ball courts, a spin area with stadium levels, an indoor heated lap pool, whirlpool spa and saunas, personal trainers, and Kids Klub babysitting. Group fitness classes will include yoga, cycling, mat pilates, kickbox cardio, and aqua aerobics.

LA Fitness adds to the growing private investment in downtown Towson. Highlights include the $85 million Towson Square entertainment center, anchored by a 15-screen Cinemark movie theatre and eight restaurants, which began construction in early 2013. More than 1,500 new luxury apartments have been built in downtown Towson over the past four years. The 12-story Towson City Center building at the Towson traffic circle is fully leased and has brought new jobs to the center of downtown with corporate headquarters for MileOne, Remedi Senior Care, and Towson University’s Institute for Well-Being.

Now that’s momentum to rival any West Coast town.

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