BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Just days after Phillips Seafood announced it is leaving Harborplace, there’s something new to take its place.

Jessica Kartalija has more.

Shrimp are taking over. Literally.

“We’ve got deli, we have cheesecake and now we’ve got more shrimp,” said an Inner Harbor patron.

Phillips Seafood announced they are closing up shop at the Light Street Pavilion. In its place: Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, of “Forest Gump” fame.

The restaurant features film memorabilia, photographs and reproductions of scripts, storyboards and costumes. There is also a retail store within the restaurant that sells souvenirs and clothing.

Laurie Schwartz is executive director of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

“It’s good news that someone is going in that spot and someone signed so quickly,” Schwartz said. “It shows there’s a real market and demand for space here at the Harbor, and that’s a good sign.”

Not to worry, Phillips will still be around.  They’re expected to reopen at the site of the old ESPN Zone, according to WJZ’s media partner, the Baltimore Sun.

“They are continuing to aggressively make sure that Harborplace remains a top quality destination for tourists and for residents,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The chain touts its ability to make the shrimpossible, possible. They are confident the restaurant will have a jumbo shrimp impact on Charm City.

Lenny’s and H&M clothing store just opened at the Harbor, and It’s Sugar is planning to open this summer.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will offer a sit-down restaurant and a fast-casual option. The restaurant plans to open by May 2012.

Comments (9)
  1. cw says:

    My family and I do not go the harbor because of the high parking and crime. Phillips should move to a mall where they will make more money and better parking. We only frequent restaurants with free parking.

    1. Stacy says:

      Phillips is horrible food and if you like it at that restaurant then you have no taste. That is the worst seafood restaurant and they just need to close all together

    2. Ray says:

      Eat local, I avoid as many of the chain restaruants as possbile.
      Also avoid the City to avoid another parking fee. why double the cost of a meal when you have to pay another $20-$30 to park

  2. outkasts says:

    Bubba gump would do better in Towson Or White marsh.Free parking and less crimes

  3. Jacob says:

    Nice to see their not going the tacky tourist route! :-/

    BGS is fine for “Universal Orlando”… but Inner Harbor isn’t a theme park.



  5. nightwalker says:

    CW and Stacy I agree with you both. I don’t live over 35 miles from the Harbor and I don’t even care to go down there. The parking is crazy and the crime is off the hook. Philips food is not really good at all. There are better places then going down town to the Inner Harbor.

  6. Shauna says:

    I tried bubba gump when I was in Miami and the food was actually really good. Although I don’t agree with it being down the harbor because of parking I will patronize it

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