Ludlow Market, Bar & Bottle Shop Opens as More Casual Replacement to Wine Market Bistro

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ludlow Market, Bar & Bottle Shop opened Friday in an approximately 4,500 sq. ft. space at the former Wine Market Bistro at 921 E Fort Ave., Suite 135 in Locust Point. Wine Market Bistro closed in March, but has kept its front bar and liquor store open over the last few months.

Owner Christopher Spann decided it was time for a change after 13 and a half years as Wine Market Bistro. He said the restaurant world is moving to more casual and laid-back and he wanted to transition the space into a restaurant with a more flexible menu that he thinks is a better fit for the neighborhood. While Wine Market’s menu was focused around entrees, Ludlow Market features more small plates, sandwiches, salads, and sides, along with some entrees. He wants people to come in and have the option for a nice seasonal entree or just a beer and some snacks.

When Spann closed Wine Market earlier this year, he didn’t yet have a plan in place and closing the entire business was an option he was considering. But, Spann said he was happy to get support from his landlords at Merritt for this new project and decided to move forward with Ludlow Market.

Spann performed some renovations to the industrial space which was originally used as a foundry. A colorful shoulder-height divider was added to separate the bar from the dining room, and new hightop tables were added against the divider. Spann said he wanted to bar to have “its own environment.”

The space also gained new light fixtures and some new pops of color. The kitchen was also renovated. Ludlow also now has a private room available for parties up to 45, and new string lighting is being added to the outdoor patio. The bottle shop has a new display for cured meats, cheeses, and gourmet items.

Chef Christopher Audia, formerly of Tail Up Goat in Washington, D.C. and No.9 Park in Boston, MA, has developed the new menu at Ludlow. It features starters such as marinated oysters, steak tartare, and black-eyed pea fritters; shared plates such as lamb ribs and a cheese plate trio; ‘mid plates’ including sukiyaki beef sub, oyster po’ boy, and cavatelli; sides including beef fat fries and Israeli couscous; main dishes including a pan seared salmon with a blue crab butter, pan seared scallops, a glazed pork shoulder, and New York strip; and desserts including chocolate pave, coconut cake, and Takarka ice cream.

The menu will be seasonal and will always include options for vegetarians.

Changes behind the bar will include the addition of four draft beer lines, a menu of ‘boozy slushies,’ and a gin and tonic menu. Almost all of the beers served at Ludlow are from Baltimore, and the bar includes many local spirits from Sagamore Spirit, Baltimore Whiskey Company, and Old Line Spirits.

The Bottle Shop will have the same focus on local companies. Customers can continue to grab bottles from the Bottle Shop for dinner at small corkage fee. Customers will find a selection of more than 500 wines ranging from local selections to old world labels from France and Italy.

Ludlow Market will be open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner starting at 5pm. The kitchen will stay open to until 10pm with the exception of Friday and Saturday when it will stay open until 11pm. Spann said he is looking to add lunch hours in the near future.

The Bottle Shop is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm, and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

“We look forward to showing the new concept to the neighborhood” said Spann. “The few preview services have been extremely successful and well-received. Ludlow Market, Bar & Bottle Shop is the perfect addition to Baltimore and Locust Point’s dining scene.”

Photos below courtesy of Ludlow Market, Bar and Bottle Shop

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