Whenever Ali Sadeghi was in the mood for fresh fish or oysters, the Ellicott City resident says he had to drive to D.C. or Baltimore to satisfy his craving.
Now he can indulge at the restaurant he and retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas opened in mid-October at Turf Valley Towne Square.
Grille 620 is one of 16 businesses at the new 108,000-square-foot shopping center on Resort Road in Ellicott City. The $22 million complex is anchored by a Harris Teeter grocery store and located near Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center.
The Main Street-style open-air center is constructed with brick, concrete and stone, akin to the developer’s sister property, Hunt Valley Towne Centre. Turf Valley Towne Square features an outdoor gathering area, with benches and a fireplace, which will host concerts and other events in the summer.
“It’s a beautiful spot. Everything is brand-new,” says Octavio Moreno, manager of Columbia’s Xitomate Mexican Restaurant. Xitomate owner Julio Soto is slated to open his second Xitomate at Turf Valley Towne Centre this winter. Soto also owns Azul 17 in Columbia.
Restaurant and shop owners say they were attracted to the area’s demographics.
Being near Turf Valley Resort was a draw for Tom Yates, owner of Petite Cellars wine, beer and spirits store.
“Many of their guests and members would be the exact people I would want to attract here,” Yates says.
The resort also was a draw for Kathleen Lauer, owner of organic hair salon Inspire.
“Turf Valley is a bridal destination. It seems like a perfect spot for us,” she says.
There is space at the shopping center for a couple more businesses, says Thomas M. Fitzpatrick, president of developer Greenberg Gibbons Commercial Corp. Fitzpatrick wouldn’t disclose the names of any interested parties. But in the meantime, here’s a look at the businesses that are open or will open soon.
The 48,000-square-foot grocery store, which is open 24 hours, anchors Turf Valley Towne Square and features prepared foods, sushi, a salad bar and fresh-cut flowers. It’s the eighth Maryland store for Harris Teeter, which recently merged with Kroger.
The recently opened shop sells pet food, treats and toys for dogs, cats, birds, fish and other creatures. There’s also a self-serve dog washing station.
Slated to open in November, the shop will carry a variety of wine, beer and spirits. If your choice isn’t in stock, the staff will place a special order for you.
Smyth moved its Ellicott City location from the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center to Turf Valley Towne Square. Selling diamonds, gold and estate jewelry, Smyth bills itself as “Baltimore’s largest jewelry store.”