Hard Water Bar & Grill Opening This Week in Federal Hill

| May 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

Hard Water Bar & Grill will open to the public next week at 902 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. Hard Water fills a restaurant space that was most recently occupied by Metropolitan.

The Hard Water team is comprised of Dave Peel, who has been in the restaurant business for 30 years and was recently the general manager of Cheshire Crab in Pasadena, his stepdaughter Taylor Novak and his son-in-law Ray Novak. Taylor Novak was the former daytime manager of Midtown BBQ & Brew in Mount Vernon, and Ray Novak owns a flooring business and grew up in Locust Point.

Peel is childhood friends with the building’s owner, who convinced Peel to take a look at the space. The trio took over the space in February 2020 and have been renovating the space and working through the permitting and licensing process since that time.

Taylor Novak told SouthBMore.com that “everything was delayed besides the bills” when talking about trying to get a restaurant renovated and open during the COVID-19 pandemic,

Hard Water will have an upscale bar food menu with starters, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, and tacos. There will be nightly entrees that will rotate in as specials.

Starters include a crab pretzel, bourbon apple Brussels sprouts, tuna poke, wings, nachos, and the Shrimp-Cargo, which is shrimp scampi in a toasted bread bowl.

The flatbreads are made on wood-fired crust and include cheese, pepperoni, Margherita, clam and bacon, and BBQ chicken.

Sandwiches include a crab cake, shrimp salad, Cuban, cheesesteak, the Turkey Hot Brown, a salmon BLT, burgers, and buffalo chicken.

Tacos can be ordered with Ahi tuna, pork, shrimp, or grilled mahi mahi.

There will also be a variety of salads topped with seafood and chicken. And, entrees will likely includes steaks, fish, and pasta dishes.

Taylor Novak said she has “truly enjoyed” everything she has tasted on the menu, but mentioned the tuna poke, crab cake, and Turkey Hot Brown as some of her favorites.

The bar menu will have a large selection of local craft beers, a Deep Eddy crush menu, a mule menu, and Malibu rum buckets.

Hard Water will be open every day for lunch and dinner with the kitchen closing at 10pm. It will open Monday to Friday at 11am and on the weekends it will open at 10am with a brunch menu.

The bar is open every night until 2am.

Hard Water will eventually get DJs for weekend nights, including “Sunday in the Country” with country music playing on Sundays.

Hard Water will offer happy hour Monday to Friday from 2pm to 7pm with domestic and rail specials. It will also host trivia on Thursday nights.

With two floors of seating, Taylor Novak believes the current 50 percent seating capacity in Baltimore City can work to get things started. They are also looking to add parklet dining spaces in the near future.

This article has been updated to reflect a change in the opening date

Photo courtesy of Hard Water Bar & Grill 

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