Bar and Restaurant ‘Old Major’ Coming Soon to Pigtown

| February 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Candice Bruno bought the 4,000 sq. ft. Cockeyed Cow Saloon at 900 S. Carey St. in Pigtown in November. Cockeyed Cow currently remains open, but renovations are underway to transition it to Old Major by the end of March in time for baseball season.

Bruno, who works as a communications manager with the federal government, also invests in real estate in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Bruno has a connection to Southwest Baltimore from her time at University of Maryland School of Law.

Bruno was looking for a bar/restaurant and saw some opportunities in Southeast Baltimore that she thought might be a more sound investment, but felt a connection with Cockeyed Cow because of its friendly staff and previous ownership team. She also liked its location near Carroll Park and across the street from Southwest Charter School.

“Having lived in D.C. a while, I’ve invested in neighborhoods people have said ‘don’t do that,’ and then they’ve become popular areas,” said Bruno. “I see certain elements in place for success in Pigtown and hope it will eventually become a destination neighborhood. We are going to get there… I feel that way about as Baltimore as a whole.”

Bruno also purchased the rowhome adjacent to Cockeyed Cow and just purchased a commercial property in Hollins Market. She also owns a commercial property in Station North.

Bruno is excited to bring a bar to Pigtown that also has a kitchen. “Many people have expressed that there isn’t a place in the neighborhood to get food and drinks,” said Bruno.

Part of the renovation includes bringing the existing kitchen back to life. Old Major will focus on simple bar foods such as wings, tator tots, pizza, and sliders, as well as breakfast items and some vegan and vegetarian options. Bruno also plans to offers some dishes that are a nod to her Caribbean heritage.

Other renovations underway include exposing the brick walls; adding new flooring; renovating the bar top with a new draft beer system; adding natural light with new windows and a glass door; hanging a new sign; and completing a new paint job that highlights red, black, and yellow from the Maryland flag.

Old Major has an outdoor patio, as well as an upstairs that will be used as a game room and events space. Old Major will have four televisions.

Old Major will be open every day from 7am to 10pm and will serve Zeke’s Coffee in the mornings. Bruno plans to focus on local beers and drinks at Old Major.

“The goal is to be a neighborhood bar,” said Bruno.  She hopes it will be a popular place for Pigtown old timers and newcomers alike.

Cockeyed Cow has always been a popular bar for police officers, and Bruno hopes to continue that trend as well.

“I’ve really enjoyed the regulars,” said Bruno. “They give you such a great sense of history for the neighborhood and bar.” Customers taught Bruno about the bar’s roots in the prohibition era.

Bruno picked the name Old Major because she wanted a nod to Pigtown. Old Major is a pig from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, one of Bruno’s favorite books. She also likes the name because Major is a police term, giving it a nod to the bar’s popularity with police officers.

Bruno has hired a manager and will keep the original staff along with some new hires from the Pigtown community.

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