Downtown’s Next Phaze Cafe is Adapting to Changes Amidst COVID-19 to better serve customers

(BALTIMORE – September 1, 2020) – Although Gov. Larry Hogan announced that all Maryland businesses can re-open on Friday at 5 pm, including entertainment venues, how does that impact Baltimore City restaurants?

In this Stage 3 of the Corona virus reopening plan, there are still limitations to 50% occupancy. And, there are also local restrictions that still impact businesses.

According to Tony Randall, CEO of Next Phaze Cafe at 112 E. Lexington Street, this has little impact on his business. The soul food restaurant, located in downtown Baltimore, has been open. Rather than focus on sit-down customers, he and his team have focused more on takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery.

Randall said that while he would like to return to normal, his team is against full-dining.

“I have 5 cooks, but only one was willing to work full-dining,” said Randall. “So, I have to listen to my team and respect their wishes.”

He added, “What I’d like to see is more catering jobs. Right now, I can tell you that we are dropping off more pans of food.”

He said that if customers go to their website,, they can find all of the latest menu updates.

“Family meals serve 10 or less,” said Randall. “Anything over 10 people is considered catering.”

What’s popular on the menu? Randall said that people really seem to love “the cajun salmon with our sweet chili sauce in corn salsa, our macaroni and cheese, the catfish – fried or blackened, and the wings.” He said that flavored wings including barbeque, honey lemon, Old Bay or simply Southern fried.