Last April, the former Capital City Diner was trucked out of Trinidad to a new home at Union Market.
Since then, Y&H has heard barely a peep about the fate of the 1940s-era diner. It’s still sitting on concrete blocks behind the market. And it looks like that won’t change anytime soon.
Edens Director of Culinary Strategy Richie Brandenburg, who oversees the food projects at Union Market, says initial plans for the diner ran into “crazy construction issues” that would have cost more than $1 million to make the space functional. “We’ve got to come up with a plan B,” Brandenburg says. “We’ve come up with some cool ideas, but I can’t say them yet.”
Brandenburg assures Y&H that the diner will eventually be revived, though when and where are up in the air. “That’s not really the priority on my list right now,” he says. Eventually, Edens plans to redevelop the area around Union Market with residences, entertainment venues, hotels, movie theaters, and more, Brandenburg says.
In other Union Market news, former fisherman Vernon Lingenfelter, who supplies Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen with seafood, will open a permanent seafood stall in the near future. Lingenfelter also has a seafood truck that visits local farmers markets. Expect it to pop up at Union Market in the coming week or two.