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Daily Diner Closes, Mexican Restaurant on the Way

There are some changes coming to the east building at the Odenton Shopping Center.

If you've driven by the Odenton Shopping Center recently, you have probably noticed a lot of work being done at the site of the Daily Diner and the former Spunk Fitness.

There are a number of things happening over there, so let's break it down.

  • The closed over the weekend, and owners left a note on the door thanking the community for their support over the previous nine years. I have learned that the restaurant will be replaced by a Mexican eatery. A group named Rinconcito Mexicano has applied for a liquor license at the site, according to county records. Two sources in the development community said the restaurant will be operated by the same people who run the Mi Casita restaurant in Gambrills.
  • A kidney dialysis center has signed a lease to fill a portion of the site once occupied by Spunk Fitness. Nellis Corp., which owns the center, is currently making roof and facade improvements on the building.
  • Nellis also continues to negotiate with a grocer to fill the space once occupied by Superfresh, but have declined to reveal who they are speaking with.
  • The shopping center will likely lose another tenant next year, after Charming Shoppes, Inc. announced in June that it will close all of its Fashion Bug stores by early 2013. It's also unclear if the CVS will remain in place, as the pharmacy chain plans to open a new store across the street at the Odenton Gateway complex.
Mark August 20, 2012 at 07:09 PM
In response to Diane - yes and wah!
smokeybandit August 23, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I actually liked the Daily Diner. Harris Teeter seems like the only grocery store that'd make sense as all the other chains in the region have something else somewhat nearby.
mike October 03, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I can't believe anyone finds Pachanga or Nautalis to be good restaurants. I wouldn't feed their f ood to a starving dog.
Chanel B. March 19, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Jerry I worked at Daily Diner for all of the 9 years that they were open. The reason they didnt add those breakfast items that you mentioned to the menu was because they were not in high demand. When customers made those suggestions in the past the items were added to the menu, and no one ordered them. (This was a business and obviosuly from the owners point of view it was a waste of money add items that only apealed to very few people.) All in all the business closed because the couple that owned it had worked many years and were ready to retire. Their children went away to college which left them to work everyday all day. They loved their resturant and due to the lack of visitors to the shopping center, they started to loose customers. (No point in staying open) The shopping centre as a whole has went downhill. And that is the fault of the owner of the Shopping center making poor decisions. Signed, Proud Employee of Daily Diner From Open to Close
Chanel B. March 19, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I agree. A New Supermarket would be great and more convenient than driving to Food Lion/Bloom or Weis.

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