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Phillips Seafood to join Cordish Cos. at Maryland Live slots casino

Phillips Seafood will open a location at Maryland Live, the Cordish Cos.' $500 million casino and entertainment complex under construction at Arundel Mills.

Cordish chairman David Cordish made the announcement at a Tuesday afternoon ribbon-cutting at Phillips new restaurant at the the Power Plant, a Cordish-operated retail, restaurant and office complex in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

The addition of Phillips to Maryland Live marks a quick blossoming in the relationship between Cordish and Phillips. The seafood restaurant left its longtime Harborplace home in September for the Cordish property, where it opened on Nov. 11.

"This is one great Maryland-based company partnering with another great Maryland based company at Maryland's premier casino," said Robert Morton, president and general manager of Maryland Live.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined Cordish and Phillips president and CEO Steve Phillips at the ceremony.

Last October, Cordish announced that Obrycki's, another Maryland-based crab house, would be part of Maryland Live, along with Ruth's Chris Steak House, the Cheesecake Factory, and a new live music venue to be operated by Rams Head. Phillips will be part of the Live Market.

Obrycki's departure from the project has been characterized by both sides as a difference of vision.

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