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Phillips Seafood is scheduled to present its exterior plans for a new restaurant at the Inner Harbor's Power Plant at a July 14 meeting of Baltimore City's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel.

The meeting's agenda, released Thursday, confirms a report that the restaurant would move to the Power Plant on East Pratt Street. Restaurant owners announced in June that they would close the location at Harborplace at the end of September.

Two weeks ago, the Cordish Cos. met with the Baltimore Development Corp. to seek $3 million of rent breaks on the Pier 4 Power Plant complex in exchange for making $6 million to $9 million in improvements, in an effort to help keep existing tenants and attract new ones.

The seafood restaurant is one of the last original Harborplace tenants. More than 30 years ago, then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer met personally with the owners of the Ocean City eatery, Brice and Shirley Phillips, to bring them to Baltimore.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will occupy the old Phillips space at the Light Street Pavilion, starting next May. The restaurant is billed as "the first restaurant group based on a motion picture."

The ESPN Zone closed at Power Plant last June after 12 years of business when the chain's owner, Walt Disney Co. announced several ESPN location closures because of the economy.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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