Lenny's Deli Harborplace to Host Grand Opening

Press release


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other dignitaries to attend


(BALTIMORE, MD) – May 31, 2011 – Lenny’s Deli, Baltimore’s answer to the famous New York delicatessen, will celebrate its grand opening at Harborplace in the Pratt Street Pavilion in Downtown Baltimore on Friday June 10, 2011 from 12 noon – 2 p.m. 


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland House of Delegates Representative Dr. Dan Morhaim and other dignitaries and area business leaders will be on hand to welcome Lenny’s to the Inner Harbor.


“The new Lenny's restaurant provides a classic Baltimore flavor that compliments the other restaurants at Harborplace,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  “Lenny's Delicatessen has become a Baltimore institution in its own right, and is a wonderful addition to the Pratt Street Pavilion.”


The 3,100-square-foot delicatessen serves “Baltimore’s Best” corned beef and other

“deli-cacies.” The Lenny’s Deli Harborplace location offers breakfast all day along with a full array of deli meats, fried and baked chicken, wraps, salads and baked goods for dining in, catering and carry out.  The deli will also serve draft beer on tap including Yuengling, Miller Lite and Blue Moon Ale.


From the outset, Lenny’s ownership has worked closely with Baltimore City officials regarding the planning and staffing of the restaurant. Through a city workforce program implemented by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Lenny’s was able hire 75 percent of its Harborplace staff.


“We are appreciative of all of the city agencies that played a part in the successful opening of Lenny’s Deli Harborplace,” says Alan Smith, owner of Lenny’s. “We were able to renovate the space in a timely fashion and with the help of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development we were provided with candidates who were prescreened, presented well and were motivated to get to work.”


The Harborplace location is the third restaurant for Lenny’s. Smith and his father, Lenny Smith, celebrated the 25th anniversary of Lenny’s in Owings Mills last year.  The second location, on Baltimore’s famed corned beef row, opened in 1991.  Smith grew up eating corned beef at Jack’s of Lombard Street, and worked there for four years before creating Lenny’s in 1985.


“We are excited to open at Harborplace, the city’s top tourist attraction, and to provide a place where tourists and business people can go for a good corned beef sandwich,” says Alan Smith.  “We look forward to serving the business community and visitors to Baltimore for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as Orioles and Ravens fans who stop on their way to games.” 


Smith deemed it was important to offer breakfast all day. It enables business people a chance to grab breakfast on their way in to work and provides another choice at lunchtime for those who may want a lighter option. Lenny’s will open its doors at 8 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m.


“Our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations by offering a wide variety of exciting restaurant and retail options,” said Christopher S. Schardt, senior general manager, Harborplace & The Gallery.  “Lenny’s Delicatessen is a Baltimore institution and another great reason for the downtown business people and the thousands that visit Harborplace annually to come back again and again.”


For Lenny’s full menu, visit www.lennysdeli.com.


Contact: Linda Esterson





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