Expansion Underway at Locust Point (L.P.) Steamers

| September 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

crabs Business is going very well at Locust Point (L.P.) Steamers, the crab house at 1100 E. Fort Ave. that has been serving seafood in South Baltimore since 1996, according to Manager Kim Gardner, who runs the day-to-day operations of the business along with her husband Andrew. With waits up to two to three hours on the weekends, L.P. Steamers is hoping a large new kitchen will help them cut back on the wait times and bring more people through the restaurant that seats 130.

Owner William “Bud” Gardner, Andrew’s grandfather, bought the adjacent rowhome at 1102 E. Fort Ave. last year with plans to expand. The expansion began two months ago and the team is hoping to have it completed in November. Currently L.P. Steamers has a small open-air kitchen on the main floor and a steam room in the basement. The expansion will allow them to build a large new kitchen, consolidating all of their food preparation into one area.

Kim Gardner told SouthBMore.com that the new kitchen will allow them to expand their menu as they will have more room to make more items from scratch. With a new grill, L.P. Steamers will add items such as grilled chicken and seafood, and they will also likely add Old Bay wings. The new kitchen will be accessible from a new opening on the first floor. “It’s going to make things a lot easier,” said Kim Gardner.

L.P. Steamers will be using the second floor at 1102 E. Fort Ave. as office space for the restaurant. They are also considering using the property as a second rooftop dining area.

L.P. Steamers has also recently added some new touches to its space, including a “Welcome to Locust Point” mural on the side of its building and newly-painted L.P. Steamers exterior signs. L.P. Steamers has also updated its logo, website, and menu, and has painted its interior spaces.

Most times when you stop by L.P. Steamers you will see a large contingent of tourists and locals alike tasting L.P. Steamers’ Baltimore-style seafood. The restaurant was recently filmed for an episode of a television show that will air in Canada, Europe and Asia. Kim Gardner also credited L.P. Steamers’ popularity to good Yelp reviews, referrals from Fort McHenry and downtown hotels, and its location on the Charm City Circulator Banner Route.

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