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A new food marketplace is coming to Whitehall Mill on Clipper Mill Road.
A new food marketplace is coming to Whitehall Mill on Clipper Mill Road. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Owners of Baltimore’s Whitehall Mill plan to bring a new food marketplace to the former factory on Clipper Mill Road, complete with outdoor table service and off-premise catering.

Baltimore’s liquor board is set to make a decision on whether to approve a liquor license for the facility, 3300 Clipper Mill Road, on July 18. The hearing is at 11 a.m. in Room 215 at City Hall and is open to the public.

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David Tufaro, founder of Terra Nova Ventures, which oversaw the building’s recent $22 million renovation into an apartment complex, could not be immediately reached for comment. Tufaro also restored nearby 19th-century Jones Falls Valley property, Mill No. 1, home to Cosima.

A floor plan included in the license application shows a large event space on one wing of the building, with a bar, coffee and tea areas, bakery, general store and pop-up retail shop slated for the other wing. A common sitting area will occupy the building’s center. A full-service restaurant is planned for the site’s original boiler room, according to the company’s website.

Owners must invest a minimum of $1 million in the facilities to qualify as a “marketplace,” according to the city’s definition. More than half the sales must come from food, not liquor. A maximum capacity is set for 500.

Whitehall Mill began its life as a water-powered flour mill in the 19th century. It was extensively rebuilt in the mid-1860s and renamed Clipper Mill. It later became a storehouse for pornographic magazines and adult products, according to an article in The Baltimore Sun.

The addition of food service has been a long time coming. In 2015, The Sun reported that Terra Nova Ventures had begun courting vendors for an 18,000-square-foot market it hoped would open in 2016.

The mill was previously home to the Charm Kitty Cafe, which closed in 2018.

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