Liquor License Approved for Baltimore Sports Bar Near Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

photo 1 copyToday, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) approved a liquor license transfer from 406 E. Baltimore St. to 1400 Warner St., as well as a live entertainment license for the location. The new business, under the ownership of restaurant industry veteran James Trujillo, will be named Baltimore Sports Bar.

1400 Warner St. is a long property adjacent to Horseshoe Casino Baltimore that recently received a mural by the Baltimore Office of Promotions & Arts. The property is comprised of two sections: a three-story building that houses the Gameday Warehouse, a bar open during Ravens home games, as well as a studio for an artist named Cleatress; and, a one-story section that was formerly the home of the Second Chance Antique Store, which is where Baltimore Sports Bar will be located.

Trujillo is planning a full renovation of interior and exterior of the 10,000 sq. ft. space and is hoping to have it open by the end of the year. The renovation includes incorporating the recently painted mural into the exterior improvements.

Baltimore Sports Bar will have two sections: a front part, which will be a sports bar with tables and TVs that will serve food daily; and a backroom, which will be available for private parties as well DJ nights including 92Q’s Keenan Elliot on Friday nights. Capacity is expected to be in the 600-700 range.

When asked about the food at Baltimore Sports Bar, Trujillo told it will include “Baltimore classics” and that it will definitely have crab cakes. “We want a real local flavor, much different from a chain restaurant,” said Trujillo.

Trujillo told that the recently-opened Horseshoe Casino Baltimore was a driving force behind the location choice and that he and his team are also excited to take part in the festivities surrounding Ravens and Orioles games, noting that the location is surrounded by stadium parking.

Trujillo, who owns and will manage Baltimore Sports Bar, has been in the restaurant and bar industry for more than 30 years. He owns a company named Bar Room Builders, which has constructed and designed many bars around Baltimore. He was also involved in the management of previous Baltimore bars such as Fish Market and PT Flags.

“We are really excited about the area and we plan on being a big part of the local communities and hosting many fundraisers,” said Trujillo. “This area really has the potential to emerge. I was able to get in early on the growth of Hampden and I see a lot of the same potential here.”

Hammerjacks also plans to open in the area at Lot N. The $15 million project is expected to begin construction and open in 2015.

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