1542 Gastropub for Sale, Banditos Replacing Taco Spot

| June 6, 2012 | 8 Comments

It appears the carousel that is 1542 Light St. continues go round (even though the Inner Harbor Carousel is no longer in business!) Recently known as The Reserve, and very briefly 1542 Gastropub, the bar is now for sale.  Here is a brief history of the property from an earlier SouthBMore.com post:

The liquor license at 1542 Light St. has had more faces than a “Michael Jackson through the years” photo album.  Closing in 2002 was Copa 2000, which was something every neighborhood needs – a trashy swingers bar.  The bar was busted during an undercover sting. Rumor was “a monetary tip was given for great services, which was deemed prostitution.” I don’t have to explain, you get the point.  A few were devastated, most were relieved.

Then the live music spot, The Royale, took over. It lasted a few years and eventually joined Copa 2000 in extinction.  Then came in Charlotte’s which was somewhat of a martini bar without food.  The sign on the outside was made of tarp and as the type on the banner faded away, so did the bar.  In 2009 a major renovation was undertaken and The Reserve took over the rotating liquor license.

Add The Reserve and 1542 Gastropub to the list of now extinct bars at the property – let’s just hope the next owners open a bar that can take us at least through the ’10s.  It is a large space and the owners of the Reserve did a very nice renovation.  German Biergarten? Someone?  Anyone? Please! I know they have the live entertainment license to handle a polka band!

The Ownership of The Reserve will move into the space of their former, even shorter-lived, restaurant Taco Spot, as 1542 and its liquor license are up for sale.  They acquired two-thirds of the space formerly occupied by Movietime and the liquor license from Federal Hill Lounge has been purchased and assigned to the property which will now be called Banditos.  Chef Cyrus Keefer helped create the new menu for Banditos and will help with the transition before pursuing another chef position.  A preview of Banditos menu can be seen at City That Breeds and it features some very wild, chef-inspired tacos and appetizers.  Taco Spot’s menu had the look and customization of a Chipotle, but it appears Banditos will join the list of upscale Mexican restaurants, joining Blue Agave and Miguel’s.

Gastropub will remain open for the rest of this week and they will be previewing Banditos food at the soon-to-close location.  Banditos will officially open its doors on June 21st.  To those upset that the casual Mexican of Taco Spot will not return, I highly recommend trying Elvis, if you haven’t already, and Pop Taco in the Cross Street Market.

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Founder and Publisher of SouthBmore.com, longtime resident of South Baltimore, and a graduate of Towson University. Diehard Ravens and O's fan, father of three, amateur pizza chef, skateboarder, and "bar food" foodie. Email me at Kevin@InceptMM.com and follow me on Twitter at @SoBoKevin.
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