Phillips Celebrates Power Plant Opening … announces Cordish casino deal

PHILLIPS 02 1211Phillips Seafood Restaurant celebrated 30 years at Baltimore's Inner Harbor with a grand opening at its new Power Plant location. On hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting was Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Steve Phillips, President and CEO of Phillips Foods & Seafood Restaurants; Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and David Cordish, Chairman and CEO of The Cordish Companies. 
Phillips Seafood at the Power Plant officially opened for business on November 11. The restaurant accommodates 400 people with a variety of dining options. In addition to the main dining room, there is a patio promenade, a raw bar, and a piano bar. In warm weather, starting April 2012, a 200-seat outdoor crab deck will serve a "crab house" style menu focused on steamed seafood offerings. While details of the crab deck are being developed, plans are to feature crabs from different parts of the Chesapeake Bay and highlight the work of the watermen to make the Bay a sustainable resource for generations to come.
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"We're thrilled that Phillips Seafood has been so warmly received on this side of the Harbor," said David Cordish.  Steve Phillips echoed, "It was with great anticipation that we opened at the Power Plant and our reception has been outstanding.  Phillips is sure to thrive at its new home for decades to come."
In addition to the grand opening festivities, Steve Phillips and David Cordish announced another collaboration by the two family-owned, Baltimore-based companies. Phillips Seafood will be opening a new location at the Cordish-owned Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills. The $500 million casino will be one of the largest gaming, retail and entertainment destinations in the country with 4,750 slot machines and electronic table games. Phillips Seafood will open as part of the "Live! Market" featuring an array of Phillips' crab cakes and seafood specialties. Maryland Live! Casino broke ground on January 27, 2011 and its opening is anticipated in Summer 2012.

Phillips Seafood Restaurants and Phillips Foods, Inc. is a family-owned business founded in 1956 with headquarters in Baltimore.  Phillips is best known for its crab cakes and seafood dishes served at the 19 Phillips Seafood Restaurants throughout the East Coast. In addition, Phillips is the leading importer and distributor of crab meat and other crab products in the U.S.

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Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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