Federal Hill’s Crossbar Gets Its Liquor License Back

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

7de9090ea3b679d7d072029aa94b5d66Plans for Ryleigh’s Restaurant Group’s Crossbar Der Biergarten at 12-18 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill were first proposed in April of 2013 and it now appears the group has finally cleared its last hurdle. A decision by the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) deeming Crossbar’s liquor license invalid was reversed yesterday at the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Construction on the new German beer garden has been underway since June of last year as three of the four rowhomes that make up the property were demolished and a new structure was built out of the reclaimed brick. The structure’s roof was constructed of material used on the roofs of international soccer stadiums.

The second proposal for Crossbar was approved by the BLLC in February 2014. However, the BLLC determined in a September hearing that the liquor license had expired, the third time the validity of license was challenged by the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association (FHNA).

In January 2014, Crossbar and the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA), which shares the proposed location with FHNA, were able to reach a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a 155-person restaurant with a 50/50 food requirement, as well as concessions on the wall height and operating hours of the patio. This plan also received a letter of support from the Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association (FHSNA) and an email of support from Ottterbein and Sharp-Leadenhall.

Without knowing what the outcome of its appeal at Circuit Court would be, the team from Crossbar acquired the license from 1015-1019 S. Charles St., the former home of Banjara/The Hill/Joey B’s, but that transfer will no longer be needed. That space is now the home of Alibaba Medtierranean Cuisine, which is BYOB.

Construction is still in process at Crossbar and it still needs to pass its health inspections before opening, but the restaurant group is confident it will be open for Oktoberfest this year.

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