Clyde’s Restaurant Group closed its casual Italian eatery, The Tomato Palace, on Tuesday to make way for a new, yet-unnamed entertainment venue modeled after downtown’s food- and music-focused The Hamilton.
“Howard County has a thriving arts and culture community, but an absence of intimate venues to hear live music year-round. The Lakefront in Columbia seemed like a perfect spot,” Clyde’s president Tom Meyer said in a release outlining plans for the new multipurpose event space in Columbia, Maryland. The hospitality group expects to install a 4,600-square-foot “listening room” on the site of the existing restaurant (10221 Wincopin Circle), a transformation the Washington Business Journal reports should accommodate roughly one-third (approximately 240 seats) the total capacity of the cavernous Hamilton Live.
The forthcoming restaurant/performance space, which is scheduled to open by the end of the year, is expected to share a kitchen with the adjoining Clyde’s of Columbia but will feature separate offerings. “It will include tacos and other casual street foods. Easy (and quiet!) to eat while enjoying music,” is how a company spokeswoman described the still in-development menu.