Project: Busboys and Poets
Client: Andy Shallal/Howard Hughes Corporation

Busboys And Poets in Downtown Columbia is a two-story 7,000 sf restaurant and bookstore that is projected to open spring/summer of 2021. The nearly 400 seat location will be, founder and CEO, Andy Shallal’s 8th and largest location. The shell building, also designed by JP2, provides a second floor terrace that will be activated with outdoor seating that overlooks Color Burst Park at Merriweather District, a park that provides year round activities for the community. In addition, the restaurant is adjacent to Merriweather Post Pavilion, offering patrons a space to mingle and relax before and after shows. The restaurant’s interior was designed to embrace the eclectic and unique atmosphere that Busboys And Poets is known for. Creating a space where community could be cultivated was imperative, and the JP2 team worked closely with Shallal to achieve this. The interior spaces include a bookstore, several dining areas , two bars, one at each floor, a private dining room, and room for private events, reading, open mic nights, and other programing – just about something for everyone.

Project: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Client: The Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission

Originally designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the highest rated amphitheaters in the United States. Phase 1 included newly constructed restrooms and concessions stands, and was fully open for the 2016 season. The Phase 2 renovations included demolishing the stage and back of house areas and rebuilding them to evoke a modern feel and entice new bands to perform. As this is an active concert venue, JP2 worked closely with the contractor to ensure project completion in the off-season. This phase of the project was open for the 2017 season, and is also available for reserved private events.

Project: The Gourmet at Kenilworth
Client: Craig Rinkerman/Greenberg Gibbons

The Gourmet at Kenilworth is a 5,500 sq. ft. restaurant at The Shops at Kenilworth. It is a local enterprise that will be the second location for Craig Rinkerman of Catonsville Gourmet. JP2 Architects designed the interior fit out to enhance the upscale coastal dining experience that includes a raw oyster bar, comfortable lounge, spacious main dining area, and outdoor patio.

Felipe’s Taqueria - Towson, MD
Felipe’s/Greenberg Gibbons

In designing the interior fit out for Felipe’s Taqueria at The Shops at Kenilworth, JP2 Architects was able to bring to life the flare of an authentic Mexican taquería. When you step inside, your senses are awakened by the vibrant atmosphere created through the selection of materials and finishes including imported Mexican tiles, original art work, custom light fixtures—and by the aroma of authentic scratch made tacos.

Project: Grandstand Renovations and Entry Expansion
Client: Maryland State Fair

The Maryland State Fairground is home to Maryland’s largest industry: agriculture. This project started with an overall analysis of the property and identified ways to improve the site wayfinding, site circulation and created an improved sense of place. Our design focused on not just signage but on iconic building elements that signify entry and provide a visible path to the second level venues (OTB, Nick's Seafood and the large event space). The large event space, that can seat 500 people, was identified as a need from within the surrounding community. Events would include graduation ceremonies, proms, receptions, etc. and can adjust to various scales with the proposed design. Creating a stronger identity for the Maryland State Fairgrounds will help increase exposure and help make it a 12 month venue that is more approachable for the surrounding community.

Project: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Client: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

An eclectic bayside banquet and event facility, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club hosts weddings and corporate events using a combination of banquet and ballrooms, as well as open-air tavern, terrace and lawn venues. JP2's designs include both the creation of a new 7,000 sq ft banquet room with rooftop deck and an expansion of the existing Tavern Ballroom. All spaces contain bars, kitchen service connections and storage spaces. Work also includes a new outdoor lawn and a new primary entrance for the facility.