Looks like Pita & Rye won't be the last new restaurant in the Maple Lawn development in Fulton.
Maple Lawn trumpets its "Traditional Neighborhood Development -- a town planning philosophy inspired by the small towns of the late 19th and early 20th centuries."
And that means McDonalds in Maple Lawn, according to the Web site of the company that runs 15 franchises around Baltimore, Brndancat Enterprises, Inc.
Hat Tip to John who found the Web site and DonkeyKong who let me know.
(Update: Denise noted on the HowChow Facebook page that it's a Scottish chain, not Irish. I fixed the headline.)
Before people in Maple Lawn freak out on the developer, let's remember that they're renting to Pita & Rye. Obviously, no one knows if that place will be special or average. But it's a kosher deli run by a guy who, as far as I know, has no restaurant experience. That's a landlord taking a risk, and people should balance the McDonalds against both the casual spots like Sidamo, Pita & Rye, and Looneys and the upscale Ranazul and Venegas Prime Filet.
People can tease these developers for talking about a unique philosophy and then building a McDonalds. But then they should go have coffee and a sandwich at Sidamo -- a terrific coffee shop that those same developers put at the entrance to the neighborhood.
Honestly, I'm more mystified why the developer lets Looneys flap beer banners from its fence and lets giant beer logos dominate the main intersection on Maple Lawn Boulevard.
(Update: Inside Maple Lawn, the McDonalds is going to be viewed in a larger context about what qualifies as amenities. From the lens of food alone, a McDonalds seems fine among a mix of options. I think people in Maple Lawn are more concerned about whether the pedestrian, "town planning" atmosphere that they were sold matches with the actual result, including green spaces, parking lots, playgrounds, and other stuff that have nothing to do with food or a McDonalds.)