Will Reich, 73, owner of the Pikes Diner, is looking to retire from the business and is searching for a buyer for the landmark building on Reisterstown Road.
According to Steven L. Cornblatt, principal of Trout Daniel & Associates, who is handling the sale, Reich is looking for either a buyer for the business or a buyer for both business and property. Reich currently owns the property at 921 Reisterstown Road.
In hopes of keeping the property as a restaurant, Cornblatt says that several ideas have been discussed. In particular, he says one of those concepts is a seafood-oriented restaurant.
Noting that there are no seafood restaurants between Northern Parkway and Owings Mills, as well as between Pikesville and the Lutherville/Timonium area, Cornblatt says “With Gordon’s gone a long time and the Backfin gone, this could be a good site for a seafood and crab restaurant. He’s [Reich] currently doing a bang-up job selling crabs.”
Another concept they are looking into is Italian cuisine.
Meanwhile, Jilly’s Restaurant, which is run by Reich’s son Scott, will not be affected.
Housed in the former Pikes Theater, one of the country’s last single-screen theaters, the property was sold to Baltimore County in the 1990s. It was originally planned as a performing arts theater. When that idea failed, several other eateries occupied the space. Reich purchased the Pikes in November 2008.