Towson Square

This rendering shows the entrance of the new $85 million entertainment-based development, Towson Square at the corner of East Joppa Road and Virginia Avenue. The first three of eight restaurants planned for the site were announced Jan. 15. (Rendering courtesy of Baltimore County / January 15, 2013)

A trio of high-end international restaurants were announced Tuesday, Jan. 15, as the first set of restaurant tenants for Towson Square, the $85 million entertainment-based Cordish Cos. and Heritage Properties development in downtown Towson.

At a press conference Tuesday, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that Nando's Peri-Peri, La Tagliatella and On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina will complement Cinemark Theatres in the new development.

" 'Dinner and a movie' will soon have a whole new meaning in downtown Towson," Kamenetz said in a statement. "This $85 million private investment adds new jobs, new entertainment choices and renewed excitement to the center of Towson."

On the Border is a popular Southwest-style eatery, while the county executive said Nando Peri-Peri serves its signature Portuguese flame-grilled chicken in 34 countries on five continents.

La Tagliatella offers northern Italian fare at restaurants throughout Europe, and the Towson location will be one of its first locations in America.

According to the county, all three restaurants are new to Baltimore County and will be part of a cache of eight restaurants in the 4.2-acre development between East Joppa Road, Pennsylvania Avenue and Virginia Avenue. The remaining five restaurants will be announced later this year, according to the release.

Additionally, Cinemark Theatres, which was announced last January as the centerpiece of the new development, announced the inclusion of "a 200-seat VIP level featuring full bar service and premium food choices for over-21 movie patrons," the county said.

Cinemark will feature 15 screens and 3,400 stadium-style seats, plus a Cinemark XD Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium for 2D and 3D pictures.

In a statement, Cordish Cos. vice president Blake Cordish said the company is "pleased to bring fresh, world-class restaurants and entertainment to downtown Towson."

Mike Batza, chairman and CEO of Heritage Properties, called the project a "classic Cordish-style entertainment and dining venue and a destination for people living around the region."

Coupled with news of an impending Caves Valley Partners development in downtown Towson and on the heels of a year which saw the opening of Towson City Center and a new luxury wing at the Towson Town Center mall, Towson leaders see the announcement as another step in the area's renaissance.

"Downtown Towson is really coming into its own," Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, said in a statement. "These new restaurants are just the start of what is certain to be a first-class entertainment center."