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After a delayed re-opening, Cross Street Market welcomes visitors again

Posted at 7:19 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 08:18:48-04

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore institution has been closed for about a year.

After extensive renovations and a delayed re-opening, Cross Street Market is ready to welcome visitors again.

Two vendors who have been around for almost 50 years will make their return Thursday morning.

First, it’s Steve’s Lunch, opening at 6:30 a.m., and then Fenwick’s Choice Meats, who will open at 9:00 a.m.

The building has been renovated and restored to look the way it did in the 1950's. The market will look like a step back in time on the outside, but inside shoppers will find a mix of the old and the new.

A some longtime fans of the Cross Street Market have been disappointed about the loss of a few long standing stalls. Developers promise a diverse collection of vendors along with other changes such as new restrooms, new windows and an updated retro look to attract visitors.

The renovations were a few years in the making. Vendors who had to close for a year during construction are anxious to reopen.

Fenwick's Choice Meats and Steve’s Lunch were scheduled to open last week, but the city's ransomware attack put those grand re-opening plans on hold. Business owners couldn't complete the permitting process to open since the city's computer systems are down.