Serenity Wine Bar Opens in Locust Point with Self-Serve Wine, Pizza, and Pasta

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Serenity Wine Bar opened this week in the 2,000 sq. ft. former home of Our House at 1121 Hull St. in Locust Point. Serenity is a new concept from Nneka Bilal, who has worked at Pizza Hut for 23 years.

Serenity has a self-serve electronic wine system in which patrons can pay for different sized pours of wine from 16 different bottles. Bilal said she saw the idea on YouTube and later visited restaurants that had self-serve wine in Washington D.C. and Timonium. She was excited to learn that Baltimore didn’t currently have any self-serve wine bars.

Along with self-serve wine, Serenity will serve house-made sangria and a selection of beers with a focus on Maryland brews. Serenity has a 7-day beer and wine license that allows for the sale of package goods. There is a fridge for carryout six-packs and bottles of wine.

Bilal is following her roots in the industry and will serve a pizza and pasta menu at Serenity. She liked that her new restaurant space came with a pizza oven. Bilal said the pizza will be thin-crust, similar to New York-style, and cooked on a stone-bottom oven. Pies include Margherita; Meaty; Veggie; Alfredo; Bistro Grilled Chicken, Peach & Gorgonzola; BBQ; White Pizza; and create-your-own. Baked pastas include Chicken Alfredo, Italian Supreme, Crab Bake, and Meatball Bake.

Also on the menu is burgers; sandwiches including a Meatball Sub, French Dip, and Salmon BLT; and starters including Mini Crab Balls, Wings, and Maryland Crab soup. Desserts include New York Apple Crumb Cake, Limoncello Mascarpone Cake, New York Style Cheesecake, and German Chocolate Cake.

Additional beverages include sodas, along with fruit-infused lemonades and iced teas.

The menu was created by Bilal and her business partner Tiara Snowden, who has also worked for many years in the restaurant industry. They hope to add a brunch menu in the future.

Serenity will not have a dedicated bar, but will have a lounge area with comfy chairs and areas with low- and high-top tables, as well as a couple tables on the front sidewalk.

Bilal said she took on a mostly cosmetic renovation of the space.

Bilal spent the last couple of years planning her first restaurant. She initially wanted to be in Owings Mills or Catonsville, but then decided to look in Locust Point. When she saw the former Our Space, she knew it was the one for her.

“It’s a very nice area, ” said Bilal. “I have met a lot of neighbors and everyone is always out walking.”

Serenity is open Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday 11am to “late,” according to its website. It offers a daily happy hour from 4pm to 7pm.

Photos below Courtesy of Nneka Bilal

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