South Baltimore Bar and Restaurant Roundup

| July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Long Vacant Bar Up for Transfer

It’s been good news for Fort Ave. as two restaurants that have been vacant for quite an extended period of time are coming back to life.  Dirty Oars Tavern recently opened at 801 E. Fort Ave., in the former home of Lime, and now efforts are in place to bring a restaurant to the former home of Soigne/Sly Fox/Ullswater at 554 E. Fort Ave.  The Baltimore City Liquor Board will hear a transfer request today from Timber Run LLC.  We’ll keep you posted.

Update:  The transfer was approved.

photoCarroll Station Up for Auction 

It will be an eventful Thursday for liquor licenses in South Baltimore as Pigtown’s Carroll Station across the street from Carroll Park at 1415 Washington Blvd. will be offered at auction today at 1pm by A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers.  The sale includes the two rowhomes encompassing the bar and the equipment, inventory and 7-day liquor license.  A South Baltimore bar owner once raved to me about how ideal of a location Carroll Station is so hopefully it will move forward as a successful establishment for Pigtown.

Update:  The building and liquor license was sold for $150k.

More Sushi for South Baltimore 

Another bar will be coming back to life as the former Fiesty Goat Pub at 1400 Key Hwy. will be taken over by The Sushi Place, a successful sushi restaurant in Canton that has been open since the summer of 2012.  The Sushi Place is owned by local Southeast Baltimore businessmen William Malkin and Gene McDowell and offers dine-in and delivery options.  Read our review of The Sushi Place in Canton.

Joey B’s Nears Federal Hill Opening

Joey B’s Bar & Grille is currently undergoing renovations to open at the former home of The Hill at 1015 S. Charles St.  Sarah Meehan of the Baltimore Business Journal caught up with the new owner in a recent article:

Joe Bivona, the restaurateur for whom the eatery is named, also owns The Grille at Peerce’s restaurant in Phoenix. He said Joey B’s will carry some of the same menu items as Peerce’s.

“It’s a little more trendier,” Bivona said, comparing the new concept to The Hill’s offerings. “It’s American cuisine with a little twist on some of the items.”

Midnite Confection’s Cupcakery Expanding

Federal Hill’s Midnite Confection’s Cupcakery at 1051 S. Charles recently purchased a food truck and is looking at the potential of opening a second store. From an article in Bmore Media:

The world is looking sweet for Midnite Confection’s Cupcakery, which launched a food truck last month. The venture isn’t just icing on the cake for the Federal Hill bakery. The owners hope the the food truck will spread the word about its confections and help them find a good home for a planned second store.

At a cost of under $100,000, the food truck venture is so new that McNeil hasn’t established a set routine. During the weekday, the truck spends two days in Washington, D.C., and two days in Baltimore City.

photoThe Carousel is Back

Okay, it’s not a bar or restaurant, but certainly a great attraction to hit with your kids before or after an ice cream in the Inner Harbor.  A new carousel has arrived in between Rash Field and the Science Center in the Inner Harbor after the previous owner’s carousel was removed.  It looks like the new carousel could be ready for operation in the next few days.

Bobby’s Jazz Club Adds Mural

Check out this great new mural added to the outside of Bobby’s Jazz Club at 1140 S. Paca St. in Pigtown – looks terrific!

Transfer for Elite Lounge

The former Elite Lounge at 1569 Ridgely St. in the Camden Carroll Industrial Area is up for an ownership transfer with a request for live entertainment and outdoor table service.

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