Tandoor restaurant is leaving HarborplaceTandoor, one of...


Tandoor restaurant is leaving Harborplace

Tandoor, one of the original restaurant tenants of Harborplace, will be leaving the Rouse Co. market when its lease expires at the end of the year.

J. Martin Lastner, a Rouse vice president and general manager of Harborplace, said the company "has been targeting this space for a new operation for two years now." He said the Indian restaurant "has been lacking in productivity for quite some time."

He said Rouse had not yet decided whether the second-floor space in the Pratt Street pavilion would be filled by a new restaurant or by retail operations.

According to a federal tax lien filed in Baltimore Circuit Court in July, Tandoor owed the federal government $28,724 in withholding and Social Security taxes at that time. The restaurant was slapped with a state tax lien of $8,368 in August.

Co-owner Mona Katyal said Tandoor's tax problems were "being taken care of." She said Tandoor, which has six locations in the Washington area, is seeking a new location along Charles Street but has not signed a lease.

She said Tandoor had requested an extension of its lease but that Rouse had turned it down.

Pizzeria, comptroller discuss unpaid taxes

DeNittis Restaurant and Pizzeria, a longtime pillar of the Little Italy culinary scene, came very close to losing its liquor license last month because it had fallen behind on its state sales and withholding tax payments.

The state comptroller filed a lien against the restaurant in Baltimore Circuit Court on July 6 claiming the business owed $51,512. Early last month, the court granted a writ for the city sheriff's office to seize the license, but the comptroller's office put the matter on hold before the papers could be served, said Deputy Perry Campbell.

There is no record of payment or further action in court records, so the matter is apparently under discussion between the comptroller's office and DeNittis. Blaise J. DeNittis, the restaurant's owner, said Thursday that "we're going to have it resolved within the next couple of days."

Second Zyzyx! store to open in Bethesda

The last entry in the Baltimore phone book is about to become the closing line in the directory for Maryland's Washington suburbs.

Zyzyx!, which sells an eclectic array of decorative crafts and jewelry out of its striking Pikesville store, will open a second store in Bethesda's Wildwood Shopping Center on Oct. 30.

Hilly and Hazel Greenstein opened the first Zyzyx! in April 1991 in the Festival at Woodholme shopping center. It was a miserable time to launch a retail business, but the store's imaginative product mix -- with a heavy but not exclusive emphasis on handcrafted Judaica -- has apparently caught on.

Hechinger to stock Duron line of paints

Duron Inc., which has long sold its paints only through company-affiliated stores, is stripping off a coat of tradition and going into Hechinger Co. stores.

The exclusive deal will put the Beltsville-based paint manufacturer's products in the 78 stores in the Landover-based retail chain's Hechinger division, which includes its new-format Home Project Centers. For now, the agreement does not cover Hechinger's Home Quarters division.

Thomas Schwartzbeck, Duron's vice president for sales action, said the paints to be sold in Hechinger stores under the Duron Performance label will be a special formulation for the do-it-yourself market.

He said Hechinger will bring new business to Duron because it attracts do-it-yourself customers who normally don't shop in Duron stores, which cater to professional painters and builders. He noted that Hechinger stores are open Sundays and keep longer hours than Duron stores, which typically close at 5 p.m. weekdays and earlier on Saturdays.

2 clothing stores replace Hamburgers

When the downtown Hamburgers store closes Oct. 15 after one of the world's longest going-out-of-business sales, it won't be vacant long -- if at all.

On the top level, which spans Fayette Street, the letters H-A-M-B-U-R-G-E-R-S will come down to make way for a new tenant: Gentleman Jack's Wholesale Club. Downstairs, Dress Barn won't even wait for Hamburgers to fully vacate the premises. Its grand opening is set for Oct. 14.

Gentleman Jack's, set to open in November, is a new venture launched by International Fashions Apparel Corp., the Hugo Boss AG subsidiary that pulled the plug on Hamburgers. The new store will offer men's clothing at 30 percent to 50 percent discounts to anyone willing to pony up a $25 annual membership fee.

The two other remaining Hamburgers locations, at Hunt Valley Mall and Marley Station Mall, will also be converted to Gentleman Jack's outlets.

For Hugo Boss, remaining at the two malls -- both considered among the less crowded regional centers -- is a case of taking lemons and making lemonade. David Golden, executive vice president of International Fashions Apparel, said those are the two locations where the company has been unable to negotiate its way out of its leases.

Gentleman Jack's will largely carry tailored clothing from Hugo Boss-owned Joseph & Feiss, as well as sportswear and accessories from other manufacturers. If the Gentleman Jack's concept proves successful, "we may expand it to other areas and participate with certain other manufacturers," Mr. Golden said.

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