MEX joining the mix at Power Plant Live!

Solan Brown- Baltimore Sun

Yeehaw - a new chuck wagon is about to mosey into town. It's name is Mex. It will be the newest resident of Baltimore's Power Plant Live!.

The Cordish Co., Power Plant Live's developer, has partnered with longtime Baltimore restaurant manager Walt Ramick on the place. That should be your first hint that Mex is hoping to offer more than just your standard Mexican-restaurant atmosphere. Think "hip rustic."

Or, as Cordish Co. vice president Reed Cordish describes it, "an extremely well-done, finished, rustic feel."

There isn't a separate dining room and bar. Everything flows together. Cordish says some of the walls are lined with booths - not done in the usual U-shape, but saw-toothed. It creates intimate dining areas, in addition to the regular tables.

On the walls, there are all sorts of Western images, along with LCD screens running loops of various Southwestern scenes. Some walls have exposed brick. One wall is painted brilliant turquoise. Another looks like the side of a large log cabin.

Most of the color scheme is earthy tans, browns and burnt orange, but there are also splashes of Southwestern color - turquoise, bright orange, pink.

In the middle of a room is a huge island bar. The bar top is stained oak; its front is covered in granite tile. In the back, there's a raised platform that overlooks everything else. That's the soft-seated lounge area, filled with couches and ottomans, so patrons can just drink in the whole Mex scene, so to speak. Seating inside Mex totals about 145.

Oh. And did we mention that life-size replica of a bull? Cordish says it's covered in bull hide and looks remarkably real.

Then there's the chow (really, that's what the menu says). Not an extensive menu, but enough. Each course is the same price. For $6.75, you can choose one of eight appetizers, such as guacamole and chips for two, three skewered and grilled ears of corn smothered in ground chiles and cojita cheese, or ceviche.

The $6.50 salads include Caesar salad, fajita salad or grilled-chicken salad. A trio of tacos - fish, chicken or steak - goes for $7.50. Burritos are $8.75, and you can get them deep-fried if you want. Fajitas will set you back $12.50.

There are three items listed under Mex's house specialties: stacked enchilada, red snapper in a tomato, olive and caper sauce over white rice, and grilled skirt steak served with grilled zucchini and beans. They're $13 each.

Mex, 410-528-0128, is scheduled to kick off its grand opening tomorrow. You'll find it at 26 Market Place at Power Plant Live!.  Its planned hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.



The Cordish Company is a third generation, family owned business. Paul L. Cordish founded the Company in 1932 and remained active with the Company until his early 90’s and his passing in March, 2003. Paul Cordish’s legacy of integrity, humanity and hard work carry on as the core values of the Company.

In 1968, Paul Cordish's son, David S. Cordish, founded the real estate division of the Company of which he is President & Chairman.

All three of David Cordish's sons, Jonathan, Blake and Reed Cordish are active in the business. Blake and Reed Cordish are Vice Presidents in the real estate arm of the Cordish Company with responsibilities over the entertainment/mixed-use and restaurant/club divisions. Jonathan Cordish is the Chairman of its media/film division as well as an advisor to
the private equity investment division.

Partners and Vice Presidents of the Cordish Company include Glenn Weinberg, Joseph Weinberg and Charles Jacobs who are responsible, respectively, for the shopping center, gaming/lodging and legal divisions of the Company. All three partners have been with the Cordish Company approximately twenty years.

At the departmental level, the Cordish Company has assembled fully integrated teams of highly dedicated and knowledgeable professionals. Key company individuals include: Robin Lohoeffer, Comptroller; Gary Block, Vice-President; Zed Smith, Director of Operations; Alan Hicks, Director of Construction; Kimber Goodwin as Director of Marketing; Tunnie Ping as Director of Engineering; Jason Epstein, Director of Finance; and David Caldwell, Director of Development.

The Cordish Company is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, with regional offices and managers throughout the country. The Cordish Company's employees share a unique esprit-de-corps that has produced consistent excellence in its projects, and are the key ingredient in its growth over the past decades.

The Cordish Company's origins date back to 1910, when Louis Cordish began developing office and apartment complexes in the Baltimore/Washington area, and encompasses four generations of privately-held family ownership. Over the last ten decades The Cordish Company has grown into a multi-billion conglomerate including one of the leading real estate development companies in the United States and a diverse group of successful operating businesses.

The company was organized along its present line by David Cordish in the mid 1960s. David, Louis' grandson, is now chairman of The Cordish Company. Three of David’s sons: Jon, Blake and Reed, are principals in The Cordish Company. The Cordish Company's real estate development and operating companies are diversified, with divisions focused on entertainment/mixed-use, gaming/lodging, shopping centers, restaurants/clubs/music, office, and residential/student housing.

Non-real estate operating subsidiaries include a media distribution company and a private equity investment group. The company is the only developer to receive five prestigious Urban Land Institute Awards of Excellence, and has received consistent recognition as the leading national developer for urban revitalization projects. The Cordish Company enters its eleventh decade well-capitalized, with significant liquidity and highly energized to continue its growth.

The Cordish Company remains a family-owned business that values quality and excellence in its operations, long-term relationships and integrity. The Cordish Company has assembled fully integrated teams of highly dedicated and knowledgeable professionals to manage all facets of its businesses. As a testimony to the Company's commitment to quality and the long-term vision of its leadership, the Cordish Company still owns and manages virtually every business it has developed since inception.

Best known for its real estate expertise, The Cordish Company is the largest and most successful developer of entertainment districts and concepts in the United States. In particular, the company has unparalleled experience in creating and revitalizing high-profile destinations in urban core locations. Many of the Cordish Company's projects involve public/private partnerships and are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. A prime example is the company's prominent role in the redevelopment of four highly successful projects in Baltimore's world-famous Inner Harbor.

The Cordish Company has received the highest possible national awards in its various areas of expertise. In real estate, the Cordish Company has received an unprecedented five Urban Land Institute Awards of Excellence. Its media distribution subsidiary, Cordish Media Inc., has distributed five Academy Award-nominated films, including one Academy Award winner.

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