Pappas Seafood Opens a Downtown Sports Bar at Holiday Inn

| May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pappas Seafood Co. has partnered with Holiday Inn Baltimore-Inner Harbor to open Pappas Sports Bar inside the hotel at 301 W. Lombard St. as first reported by the Baltimore Business Journal. The space was formerly the bar and lounge area of the Eden West restaurant, which is still open at the hotel. Pappas Sports Bar opened on May 1st.

The 365-room hotel recently completed a $4.5-million renovation, including work on the Pappas Sports Bar space.

Markos Pappas opened Pappas Restaurant and Sports Bar, which is famous for its crab cakes, in Parkville in 1972. Pappas Sports Bar is the fourth location for the family business joining additional locations in Glen Burnie and Cockeysville. The new location is nostalgic for the Pappas family as the Holiday Inn is at the site of a former B&A train station where Markos Pappas got his first job after coming to the United States from Greece. Markos Pappas worked in a coffee shop and restaurant at the station. The station and land was owned by his uncle Harry G. Pappas, who sponsored Markos Pappas’ immigration to America.

Harry G. Pappas partnered with the Holiday Inn to build the hotel at the site and his family still owns the hotel. Pappas Seafood Co. CEO Steve Pappas told that this connection is how Pappas Sports Bar entered into a partnership to open at the new location.

Pappas Sports Bar is just under 2,000 sq. ft. and seats 65 people between the bar and low and high-top tables. It is located inside on the first floor of the hotel. It will feature Pappas famous crab cakes along with other crab dishes the family of restaurants is known for. The menu will not be as large as other Pappas restaurants Holiday Inn General Manager Adam Novotny told, but it will include “American food” such as burgers sandwiches, steaks, and salads.

The bar will feature a large selection of craft beer, along with wine and liquor. Eden West, which is adjacent to Pappas Sports Bar and shares a kitchen, will also serve Pappas’ recipes. The restaurants collectively have a staff of 20 employees.

Pappas was recently named the “Best Crab Cake in Baltimore” by Baltimore Business Journal. Oprah Winfrey has been a frequent visitor to the restaurants and named the crab cakes one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” in 2015. In the article she said: “These perfectly seasoned Maryland crab cakes have more fresh, sweet lump crabmeat than I’ve ever seen in a cake. The blend of ingredients comes from a 45-year-old family recipe. Stedman can’t get enough.”

“We are expecting Pappas Sports Bar to be a draw for hotel guests and visitors to Camden Yards and the convention center, as well as big hit for locals who are fans of Pappas,” said Novotny. “Now you can confidently say there is a place to get a great crab cake Downtown.”

“We are thrilled to have the renovation completed. The hotel has a fresh, modern look and, with our partnership with Pappas, we have a lot to offer right now,” said Novotny.

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