The Back Yard to Open in Hollins Market at the Former Patrick’s of Pratt Street

| January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Patrick’s of Pratt Street closed last year at 934 W. Pratt St. after 169 years of ownership by the same Irish family. It was considered by many as one of the oldest Irish pubs in the country. Now, the Hollins Market bar will start a new tradition as business partners Michael Cavanagh and Lara Summerson will open The Back Yard at this location that is across the street from the B&O Railroad Museum.

Cavanagh, Summerson, and an investor purchased the building, along with the adjacent 129 Schroeder St. building and a vacant lot at 934 W. Pratt St. The Back Yard will initially focus on a cosmetic renovation to make some aesthetic improvements to the two-story bar space. It plans on eventually expanding the dining room into 129 Schroeder St. and creating outdoor seating on the vacant lot.

Cavanagh told SouthBMore.com that a zoning change would be needed for the outdoor seating and his team is currently speaking with neighbors about this proposal.

Cavanagh does private wine education events and started looking to find his own space to host the events. He said the Patrick’s opportunity came to be when a friend of Summerson’s saw the listing. The team fell in love with the space and decided to open a bar. Cavanagh is also a Hollins Market resident.

Summerson has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years in hotel management and did “bar rescue” consulting in Florida. Cavanagh and Summerson met while bartending together.

The Back Yard will focus on local craft beers, craft cocktails, and boutique wines. It will have a small kitchen that will have a limited menu focusing on charcuterie, cheeses, and tapenade. Cavanagh said he also hopes to partner with some local businesses such as Culinary Architecture and Zella’s on food offerings.

Cavanagh will host his wine classes for both novice and wine aficionados on the second floor space at The Back Yard. The second floor will be used mostly for private and community events.

“Patrick’s opened right when the first rail lines were being laid on the B&O Railroad, when this neighborhood was a working-class Irish neighborhood. I have heard stories of Civil War soldiers stopping here on the way to or from the battlefield,” said Cavanagh. “There is a lot of history and we are very honored to open the doors again.”

Cavanagh said they will definitely serve the Irish beer Guinness and will consider continuing the tradition of Irish music in the space.

“I’m very optimistic about the direction the neighborhood is going,” said Cavanagh. “And, I’m optimistic the neighborhood will receive us well.”

The Back Yard was approved for a liquor license transfer last month.

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