As Phillips Seafood was celebrating its grand opening at the Power Plant with a ribbon cutting this afternoon, a new collaboration was revealed. The Phillips family and The Cordish Cos. announced that Phillips would be opening a new restaurant at the Cordish-owned Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills.
“It’s not as fancy and elaborate as the place we’re in today,” said David Cordish, chairman and CEO of The Cordish Cos., which partnered with Phillips on the new Inner Harbor location. “It will be a standup place with seafood, crab cakes, and other types of seafood.”
But he assured the crowd gathered for the event, “It’s still the best crab cake a person could eat.”
Several other dignitaries were also in attendance, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Baltimore city councilwoman Sharon Middleton, councilman Carl Stokes, and a representative from Sen. Ben Cardin’s office.
“This is an exceptional day for Baltimore,” said the mayor, who cut the red ribbon marking the official opening. “This partnership will make our city a more vibrant place to live.”
The mayor also shared how impressed she was with the Phillips plant in Locust Point when she took a tour this summer. “It’s a day I’ll never forget as a Baltimore girl to stand in the cold room and see all the crab,” she said.
She also promised that she and her eight-year-old daughter Sophia would be on hand for the opening of the outdoor crab deck in April. “My daughter has volunteered her services,” she said, laughing.
Ruppersberger also joined the mayor, Cordish, and Steve Phillips, the president and CEO of Phillips Foods & Seafood Restaurants, at the podium, explaining his Phillips connection. “I was a lifeguard on the Ocean City Beach Patrol at 15,” he said. “It didn’t pay a lot.”
To make ends meet, Ruppersberger took a job as a busboy at the original Phillips crabhouse in the beach town, “so we could eat,” he said. “Once you worked at Phillips, you became part of the Phillips family.”
He also congratulated the Phillips and Cordish families. “You have two enterprises from the state of Maryland using their expertise,” he said. “Good things are going to happen.”
Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills is scheduled to open in June. Phillips Seafood will be part of its “Live! Market.” The new Inner Harbor Phillips opened its doors to the public on Nov. 11 after 31 years in the Light Street Pavilion at Harborplace.
Photo by me. From left, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Steve Phillips, and David Cordish.