Two Rivers Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant Selects Lakeshore Plaza as Site for American-style Dining Concept

BALTIMORE (January 26, 2011) – Two Rivers Steakhouse and Seafood has signed a lease with St. John Properties, Inc. for 8000 square feet of space at Lakeshore Plaza, a 161,000 square foot retail center located near the intersection of MD Route 100 and Magothy Beach Road in Pasadena, MD. The owners of the restaurant – which also operate Cancun Cantina in Hanover – intend to be operational within the former Blockbuster Video space in first quarter 2011. More than 100 full and part-time employees are expected to be hired.

Two Rivers Steakhouse and Seafood will feature a casual, sit-down atmosphere offering a variety of American-style lunch and dinner entrees with an emphasis on steak, hamburger, chicken and Maryland seafood dishes. Fresh appetizers include soups and raw seafood selections, a large salad bar, homemade-desserts and an ever-changing assortment of domestic and imported beers will also be available. The restaurant will target both businesspeople and families with lunchtime meals starting in the $7 range and dinner entrees beginning in the mid-teens. The executive chef is Mark Morgan who formerly held the same position with Windows on the Bay restaurant.

Lakeshore Plaza was recent recepient of a $3 million renovation and improvement package that incorporated exterior upgrades such as modernizing the canopy section, replacing the existing columns with new structures comprised of round wood, adding architectural features to the towers and roofscape, incorporating a new color scheme throughout the center and adding new lighting fixtures. The center is anchored by Safeway supermarket, Ace Hardware and Hallmark and includes a mix of 20 additional stores in the soft goods, apparel, business and consumers services and restaurant categories.

“The ownership group of Two Rivers Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant are highly-experienced operators with a strong track record of success in the Anne Arundel County marketplace, and this concept fits in perfectly with the new positioning we have generated at Lakeshore Plaza,” stated Jerry Wit, Senior Vice President – Marketing for St. John Properties, Inc. “There are many choices in the Pasadena area for the consumer searching for a fast-casual eatery – including several in Lakeshore Plaza – but relatively few that support the sit-down concept with value-oriented meals, generous portions and a family atmosphere. This restaurant will be a high traffic generator and destination throughout the weekday and weekends, which will create new opportunities for our entire roster of merchants.”

“After considering many different locations throughout the Anne Arundel County region, we felt Lakeshore Plaza offered us the best combination of location, visibility and tenant mix, combined with a development and management group with a strong history and involvement within the community,” stated Matt Gunter, part of the ownership group with Two Rivers Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant. “With the completion of the make-over and re-positioning efforts at Lakeshore Plaza, we feel as if we are moving into a brand new shopping center, with the added benefit of loyal shoppers already built in. That is a terrific one-two combination for a new restaurant to have.”

Lakeshore Plaza services communities situated in the eastern sections of Anne Arundel County, including Pasadena and Arnold. More than 112,000 residents are contained within a five-mile radius of the retail center, and the average household income exceeds $96,000.

About St. John Properties

St. John Properties, Inc., founded in 1971 as MIE Properties, owns and has developed more than 14 million square feet of R&D/flex, office, warehouse and retail space in Maryland, Colorado, Louisiana, Virginia and Wisconsin. For more information about the company, visit

For more information, contact:
Al Cunniff, Director of Marketing, St. John Properties, Inc.