A popular Maryland based pub chain is planning to open restaurant at Harford Mall this spring.
The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille plans to return to Bel Air at the end of May. The restaurant will be in an area near Sears facing Boulton Street, with both outside and inside entrances, restaurant marketing director Kelli Clawson said Monday.
The new, 8,300-square-foot restaurant will feature 1,900 square feet of year-round outdoor seating, enough for 87 people, Clawson said. That area will have heated floors and will be enclosed with glass windows that can be opened as well as an outdoor fireplace, she said.
The Greene Turtle formerly operated in the 100 block of South Main Street, the site of Main Street Oyster House restaurant, until it closed in 2009, the operators saying they could not successfully renegotiate their lease.
In Harford County, The Green Turtle has a restaurant in Aberdeen off West Bel Air Avenue.
The mall location will offer better parking and access than the previous Bel Air location, as well as proximity to the mall's other stores, Clawson said.
"We will be kind of known as part of the restaurants that are there," she said of the mall area.
The restaurant will be the fifth for owners Bob and Billy Frankis, who operate the Aberdeen Greene Turtle as well as two in Rehoboth, Del., and one in Lewes, Del.
Clawson said she hopes the Bel Air restaurant will stay busier than the Aberdeen site, which she said gets "huge crowds" during Ripken Stadium events but is quieter at other times.
"We are really excited about it," she said of the mall location, adding the new restaurant could draw patrons from events at Cedar Lane Regional Park. "This is more localized for people in Bel Air, so I am hoping this will be a very steady, steady crowd."
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"There will be lots of TVs to watch all your favorite sports teams every day just in time for Orioles and Ravens games," Clawson added. "We are really excited about this new location and all of Harford County is, too."