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Visions for Vacancies: Marlin & Ray's

What would you like to see in this commercial vacancy in Bel Air?

Marlin & Rays permanently closed its doors in January, prompting speculation from the community about what would fill the vacancy.

The restaurant replaced Ruby Tuesday, but closed after less than four months in business.

The now-empty restaurant is located at 593 Baltimore Pike on a 31,636 square foot lot, according to online property records. It was first built in 1993, but recently underwent renovations.

What business do you think would be a good fit for this commercial property? Tell us in the comments.

sandy February 08, 2013 at 11:42 PM
I would love to see a upscale soul food restaurant....
Donna Vircik Waidlich February 09, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Hooters!
RICHARD BLACKBURN February 09, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Stoney River Legendary Steak House
MIL February 09, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Since when has Golden Corrall been "upscale"? I'd hate to see what you think is low budget, in that case...
Debbi February 09, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Carrabas!
Harry Kramer February 09, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Harry Pizza Johns
avalanchemom February 09, 2013 at 01:05 PM
No independent owned restaurant/whole foods market could sustain the cost of doing business in Bel Air..we've driven them all away
kathy kelly February 09, 2013 at 02:11 PM
I like the idea of leveling the building and planting a huge oak tree. Maybe even a park bench or two. Someplace to sit outside and enjoy your take-out meal from McDonald's, Quizno's or Slices.
Sharon Kenney February 09, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Great idea! Enough with the restaurants already!
jim ryan February 09, 2013 at 04:33 PM
If you are looking for an up-scale bistro. Look at Pairings Bistro on 924 and Laurel bush rd.
Christine February 09, 2013 at 04:42 PM
I'd love to see PF Chang's or Pei Wei. There is no really good Chinese food in Bel Air.
Christine February 09, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Or Akbar - It's a delicious Indian restaurant in Columbia and on Charles Street downtown. And It's not a chain!
Sherry Donahue February 09, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Chopstix in Forrest Hill is great. I like the kid thing, kind of like an older Chuck E Cheese place for middle to high schoolers.
figment February 09, 2013 at 09:25 PM
I have only one piece of advice for all the Carrabas wishers: Learn to cook at home, it will be much better even if it says Ragu on the label!! there are enough ready to eat frozen italian food restaurant in the world!
Eric bel air February 09, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Dave n busters lol
Bob February 10, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Carabba's.
703 February 10, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Tilted Kilt
Pamela February 10, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Olive Garden!!
Pamela February 10, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Schlotzskys!!! http://www.schlotzskys.com/
Bob February 10, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Or On the Border....funny thing about chain restaurants. In spite of all the complaints about not having any more in Bel Air, people sure like them.
Taverleigh February 10, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Fractured Prune ! Much better than Dunkin Donuts...
John Jacob Jingle February 10, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Please move to Portlandia you dirty hippy.
K.Moore February 11, 2013 at 03:40 AM
BAHAMA BREEZE. PLEASE!!!
Christy February 11, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Grotto Pizza! Yummy!
Nicholas Golden February 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory or PF Changs
Bonnie Frazier February 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Olive Garden!!
mbgd6 February 11, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Farmers market would be perfect!!!!! If not Tader Joes or Whole Foods would be nice.
Tayler February 11, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Cheesecake factory
Annabelle February 15, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Avalanche Mom said it best. The 4% vacancy rate for commercial space in Harford County is the second lowest in the state of Maryland. When there are more tenant prospects in a market than there is available space, Landlord's up their asking rents. Why? Because they can. Supply and demand, folks. This space will most certainly be backfilled with another national restaurant chain for the following two reasons: National restaurant chains pay a boat load more in rent than traditional, soft-good retailers, and, people in Harford County, especially Bel Air, LOVE to eat out. Won't, and can't be, a grocery store/farmers market because I'm sure Mars has an exclusive on the use. Can't be pizza either, because of Slices Pizzeria. Will never be a soul food restaurant because demographics don't support it - and unless oak trees pay $200,000 a year in ground rent, keep dreaming.
Michael Gerst March 21, 2013 at 03:45 AM
We need a good 24 hour diner. Double t is too expensive and put limits on refills. One free refill on coffee! Are you kidding me?! If not a diner maybe a Denny's, still miss the fallston one.

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