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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.    

Companies Show Quality of County Business Community

Potomac Photonics in the bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park and Dunbar Security Solutions in Hunt Valley have been recognized with the 2015 Baltimore County New Directions Award. 

The annual award is made to companies that exemplify the quality and future direction of the County’s business community. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will present the awards November 19, at the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame ceremony.

"We are proud to recognize Potomac Photonics and Dunbar Security Solutions as leaders in Baltimore County’s technology community,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Both companies demonstrate the importance of seizing growth opportunities.”

Potomac Photonics is a manufacturer of micro machined parts used in medical, biotech and electronic devices. Located at the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park, the entrepreneurial firm is growing its export business and adding new equipment with the assistance of a $150,000 High Technology loan from Baltimore County.

Dunbar Security Solutions, a subsidiary of Dunbar Armored that includes the parent company’s cyber, alarm system and central station monitoring services, is expected to expand its Hunt Valley workforce from 40 to 100 over the next four years. Dunbar Security Solutions is adding office space on Schilling Road to accommodate this anticipated growth.

Potomac Photonics and Dunbar Security Solutions join previous New Directions Award winners that include Social Solutions, Firaxis Games, Nations Photo Lab and Pharmaceutics International, Inc.

County Chamber Business Hall of Fame Inductees

In addition to the New Directions award, the Community College of Baltimore County and Kenneally & Company, certified public accountants, will be inducted into the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame at the November 19 ceremony at Hayfields Country Club.

Community Forum

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will host a community forum as part of an ongoing effort to communicate directly with Baltimore County residents and community leaders.

The latest Coffee with Kevin will be held for communities in the Cockeysville and Timonium areas. The Coffee will take place on Thursday, November 5, at the Cockeysville Senior Center, located at 10535 York Road. The forum runs from 10 until 11 a.m., and coffee and donuts will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public without pre-registration.

Residents Communicate Directly with County Executive

County Executive Kamenetz regularly hosts these gatherings in communities all around the County. This marks the 10th Coffee with Kevin held over the past two years.

"These meetings have really been a very positive way for me to find out what’s on people’s minds and share what is happening in each community," said Kamenetz. "Ours is a very large and diverse County, made up of unique areas, and I love the opportunity to hear different perspectives and learn more about each community’s priorities.”

Increased Government Transparency and Responsiveness

These community forums are an important part of Baltimore County's ongoing focus on increasing government transparency and responsiveness. The County is also active on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and with a regular blog, Baltimore County Now, that offers current and relevant information for citizens.

“The residents of greater Timonium are pleased to welcome the County Executive for this ‘Coffee with Kevin’ event,” said Eric Rockel, President of the Greater Timonium Community Council. “Getting the chance to communicate directly with Mr. Kamenetz is a helpful way for people to participate in their local government.”

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