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.
EB July 31, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Wegmans or Harris Teeter would be nice, but I already know that would never happen.
Diane in Odenton July 31, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Doesn't seem like we need another mexican place in Odenton. IMO Pachanga has the best mexican food around, so why another one? But we've got several Chinese restaurants and they all seem to do ok, so I guess there's no difference. I'm not surprised that Fashion Bug is going away. Nothing but FUGLY stuff in there anymore. My main concerns about the shopping center are it's run down appearance and the fact that they haven't replaced the grocery store yet. WE NEED A GROCERY STORE THERE! I wish they would hurry up about it.
Jaimie B July 31, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I second the Harris Teeter! It did a great job reviving the Kings Contrivance shopping center in Columbia and we really need a decent grocery store in the area.
Thea Warner July 31, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Completely agree with the folks above about the need for a grocery store in the shopping center! Also, looking forward to the new Mexican restaurant - Pachanga's is great but they are always SUPER busy. I have given up on placing carry out orders a couple times after being on hold for an eternity. Mi Casita is also very good, but a bit of a drive as others mentioned. @Jay - love your comment about the padded room! :-)
Gerri Cappuccio July 31, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I think the owners of the Odenton shopping center should go and people who are more saavy should own the place. It looks like a ghetto. Thirty years ago there were nice stores in the shopping center and it was a wonderful place where one could walk to. The owners of the place should be replaced. We need a grocery store, not houses. We have too many condos and apartments as is.
Michelle Cohn July 31, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Agree with all of it! Please bring us a decent grocery store. I am happy to see Mi Casita is expanding and close by!!! We need to give that center a facelift...a great coffee shop would be nice too!!
Jason July 31, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I definitely understand some of the comments about razing the center (although it would probably be cost prohibitive and not exactly the most eco-friendly option). I think it would be great if the center owners would take a serious look at the parking lot design. Incorporation of tree-lined islands and curbs would help to beautify the lot and increase safety. How many times have you slowly pulled out of the end of the aisle with your view blocked by a pick-up truck? I am hoping if a "quality" grocery store moves in (a hint that it could be a Giant), the grocery store would demand improvements to the lot.
Johnny Kowalczyk July 31, 2012 at 11:37 PM
What we need is a big chain restaurant like Chili's. Get rid of that bank in the middle of the lot and put in a good diner. That parking lot has plenty of space for a new building. If something big comes to town others will follow. No more housing, if more should be built they should be built in the rundown housing area behind the shopping center. The shopping center needs a facelift, I agree. Get rid of the 80’s style metal rooftop and rebuild it like the Waugh Chapel shopping center. Many parts of Odenton are being rebuilt like the old warehouses off of 170. All I can say is have patience Odenton, good things will come in time.
Johnny Kowalczyk July 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Does anyone know that a homeless lady lives in the bushes/weeds that's next to the road behind the shopping center?
Johnny Kowalczyk July 31, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I agree Diane, i see it as another flop. A Goodwill store inside of Spunk Fitness would be nice.
Chris W August 01, 2012 at 01:37 AM
No. But thanks for compromising her safety by letting the whole world know?
Johnny Kowalczyk August 01, 2012 at 03:17 AM
The whole world? Like 10 people read this page!
Tim Lemke (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I assure you that I have slightly more than 10 readers. That said, my reach is not yet worldwide.
Mark August 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Really? Do you live in a shoe to not be aware that Wegmans is coming to Waugh Chapel in late Fall??? Is that not close enough for you??
Mark August 01, 2012 at 12:40 PM
You go Tim! I'm your 11th reader! We're growing.
Mark August 01, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Why another one? I guess you believe Little Ceasar's pizza is great as well? Pachanga has the best Mexican food IN THE STRIP MALL THEY ARE IN ONLY - period. If Romeo's sold frozen burritos they would have more flavor.
Thea Warner August 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Are you talking about the road from the shopping center that leads up to Wheels? That area gives me the willies for some reason - don't know if something bad happened there or just feels like it could.
John August 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM
The entire plaza looks horrible - completely outdated. These are owners who obviously haven't put a single dime back into the appearance and it shows. If I'm guessing, they are probably asking top dollar hence the reason it's going downhill so fast.
Diane in Odenton August 01, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Did you come on here for the sole purpose of attacking people Mark? This is your 2nd antagonistic comment on this page.
Edward Charles August 01, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Greetings Tim from reader #12!!!!!
Bee August 02, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I guess I'm number 12! The only reason I found out about the Patch is Tim and Mr. Sarbanes came to the O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton during a craft show and being the curious type, I asked what was going on with the cameras and Tim said an article would be in the paper. I had no idea what the Patch was at the time and now I look forward to reading it. Thanks for a great job, Tim!
Bee August 02, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I hope Hunan L'Rose stays in place. We love that restaurant. The owners are super and the food is always great!
Richard Hertz August 02, 2012 at 03:14 AM
You're wrong. You might not think it's enough, but in the past few years they've repaved the lot twice and refurbished the facade of the stores. I'd wager that each of those projects cost more than a dime. As for your "top dollar" comment, what do you expect them to ask...bottom dollar?
Jan Gowing August 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I'm your 13th reader and Hunan L'Rose is my absolute favorite Chinese restaurant. If they move CVS how will I get my last minute birthday cards for my grandsons. I can always spend a little more than a dollar at the dollar store.
JACK LITTLE August 08, 2012 at 01:34 PM
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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