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Belgian-style brasserie, art gallery planned in former Red Men's Hall

The Lunch Box signs new lease; cafe or sushi space also envisioned

By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com

5:54 PM EDT, June 12, 2013

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The Improved Order of Red Men are gone, but the old Red Men's Hall in Hampden could soon be bustling again, with plans for a pub, an art gallery and a cafe or sushi restaurant at 3600 Hickory Ave.

The 120-year-old Tecumseh Tribe No. 108 of the Improved Order of Red Men, a national fraternal organization, sold the building earlier this year to 3600 Hickory LLC, according to Will Bauer, a consultant who is acting as the spokesman for the new owners, whom he would not name.

The building, which wraps around the corner of Hickory and West 36th Street, has already lured two new tenants — a planned art gallery and a planned brasserie specializing in Belgian beers and ale.

Also, the Lunch Box, an existing restaurant in the building that fronts on West 36th, aka The Avenue, has signed a new 5-year-lease, Bauer said.

A 2,000-square-foot space in the building is being renovated for possible use as a cafe, although no tenant has been named.

"We're really looking for a sushi tenant," Bauer said.

Eduardo Rodriguez, of Hampden, confirmed that he plans to open Gallery 788 in Hampden, an art gallery, in the building and hopes to move in June 15 and have his first exhibit there in July.

The name refers to the gallery's old address, on Washington Boulevard in Pigtown, said Rodriguez, who owns the gallery but is a photographer, not an artist.

He was at that location for three and a half years and then moved the gallery to Saratoga Street downtown, where his one-year lease expired in May, he said.

"People kept telling me to go to Hampden," said Rodriguez, who has lived there for about 18 months. Now, he is excited to work in the community where he lives, and to fill a niche for an art gallery on The Avenue.

"I'm looking forward to having a presence there," he said, adding that the gallery will offer artwork of all kinds — from sculpture to paintings.

The gallery will take up all of the second floor, Rodriguez said. He has long-range goals to open other galleries in the area, all with the name Gallery 788.

The owner of the planned brasserie, which would be located on the first floor of the building, does not want to comment yet and postponed a Baltimore City liquor license hearing that was scheduled for June 6, Bauer said.

The planned restaurant, to be called De Kleine Duivel ("the little devil"), is described on Its official Facebook page as "a classic Belgian brasserie, featuring a full selection of Belgian beers, boutique wines and spirits, and a select menu of traditional Flemish-French dishes, all served in an Art Nouveau-inspired setting."

Plans for the restaurant were first announced in 2010, but several potential locations fell through, delaying the business, Bauer said.

Rodriguez said he likes the mix of planned tenants in the building.

"Beer and wine and art go great together," he said.