The red booths inside the former location of The Crease, near the circle in Towson, are gone. In its place the owner of a Baltimore City-based restaurant said she hopes to create an open, modern-looking eatery to expand her client base and better serve her current customers at a location that is outside of the city.
Erica Russo, the owner of The Point in Fells, located in Fells Point, hopes to open The Point in Towson this October, building on six years of experience in the area restaurant scene.
Russo, who grew up in Towson, on Dulaney Valley Road, said that she is excited to be returning to Towson. She will operate the new restaurant with her boyfriend, Michael Kelley, with whom she lives in Carney, she said. Kelley will manage the restaurant.
"We've been looking to expand into the county area," Russo said. "Towson just seemed like the right fit."
The amount of redevelopment going on in the area also drew them to Towson, the couple said.
"It's going to bring a lot more residents to the area, and positive energy," Russo said.
Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said she is "thrilled to death" to have The Point open a Towson location.
Other city-based restaurants are coming to Towson, Hafford added. Nacho Mama's, a Canton restaurant, announced last year it would open a location in downtown Towson, according to The Baltimore Sun.
"These are little mom and pop places; our community loves those kinds of establishments," Hafford said.
Russo opened The Point in Fells six years ago with two business partners, she said, adding that the restaurant serves new-American comfort food.
Some of the restaurant's signature items, such as the crab cakes, will carry over to the new location; however, the Towson location will have its own executive chef and many items will be different. The restaurant's dishes are made from scratch, Russo said. The menu will include locally-sourced food, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
The Point has live music on the weekends, another feature it hopes to bring to the Towson spot.
Russo took over the property in June, she said, and is currently in the process of renovating the space, which is a little less than 7,000 square feet.
Russo, a mother of three, said she's had customers and interested passers-by stop at the Towson location to tell her they're excited the restaurant is opening.