Pigtown Tavern Featuring Homestyle Cooking and BBQ Opens this Week

| July 18, 2016 | 1 Comments

The father and son duo of Bob and Rob Cockey are excited to be back in Southwest Baltimore as they open Pigtown Tavern this Thursday at 737 Carroll St. in the former home of SHAKERS. They have been involved in many restaurants and food businesses over the years and previously owned three Cockey’s locations in and around nearby Hollins Market. They also currently run Baltimore Hire Power, which trains Baltimore residents for food service jobs and runs local concessions.

Pigtown Tavern is 3,200 sq. ft. and has a bar and seating on the first floor, and a large dining room, lounge and newly-built kitchen on the second floor. The first floor features hardwood paneling and the upstairs is highlighted by exposed brick. Both floors have multiple televisions for sports viewing. The Cockeys painted the exterior and added a new sign outside, as well as new planters and landscaping along the perimeter of the building. They spent two months getting the space ready.

The Cockeys are currently working on an expansion of the first floor which will add a second kitchen and dining room as well as a new draft beer system. They are hoping to have the expansion ready in the next six to eight weeks.

The seating capacity at Pigtown Tavern is 120. This includes a capacity of 92 upstairs, a space which will also be available for private events. They have applied for outdoor seating along the Barre St. side of the restaurant. If approved, this could add approximately 50 more seats.

According to Rob Cockey, the menu will focus on “homestyle cooking,” as well as BBQ plates as a nod to Pigtown’s history. They will serve daily specials such as meatloaf and spaghetti with meatballs. Menu staples will include pizzas and flatbreads, wings, burgers, cheesesteaks, and blackened Mahi Mahi,  as well as slow-cooked ribs, hog wings, and pulled pork using three signature sauces. Most plates will cost around $9. Much of the produce will come from local Baltimore City hoop houses. Pigtown Tavern will also offer catering and menu items will be available for delivery through Amazon.

The bar menu will focus on craft beers, fresh fruit crushes, signature drinks, and a large selection of wines. Pigtown Tavern will have daily happy hours, as well as gameday specials and discounts for Orioles’ employees. They will also offer carryout beer, wine, and liquor. The Cockeys also brought in an iced tea brewing system that will offer several different types of teas.

Pigtown Tavern will be open daily from 10am to 12am and until 2am on the weekends. West Baltimore native Lamonte Redfern will be the general manager at Pigtown Tavern and the restaurant will have a staff of 13, almost all of whom are city residents.

Brent Fuller, the building’s owner, recruited Bob and Rob Cockey to take over the space. “I am excited to be working with the Cockeys. They have a great reputation in all the neighborhoods they have been in and always are highly involved within the community, and I know they are excited to come back to Southwest Baltimore,” he told SouthBMore.com.

“We are excited to be back over this way – Pigtown is just so quintessential Baltimore,” Bob and Rob Cockey told SouthBMore.com.

“We are also excited about the other new businesses in the area and know we are all going to feed off each other,” they added, noting a long-term friendship with Siva Lin, co-owner of the soon-to-open Culinary Architecture in Pigtown.

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Chicken Cheesesteak from Cockey’s in Hollins Market 

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