‘The Hanover’ by Smoking Swine and Diablo Doughnuts Opening This Weekend in Brooklyn

| May 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

This Saturday, The Hanover will open at 3432 S. Hanover St. in Brooklyn. The bar is a partnership between Drew Pumphrey of the Smoking Swine food truck and Michael Roslan of Diablo Doughnuts. The space was the former location of O’Flynn’s and the longtime home of O’Brady’s Crab House.

Pumphrey and different partners took over the property in late 2018 and set up a commissary for food trucks with the hopes of opening the bar soon. David Chapman currently runs the commissary where Diablo makes it doughnuts and where food trucks Dizzy Cow Pizzeria and WOLO work out of the space. There is a separate kitchen that will be used solely by Smoking Swine and The Hanover.

The Hanover will serve Smoking Swine dishes and it will have a bar serving Natty Boh and local beers, as well as different mixed drinks including its signature margaritas using Santo tequila, a brand co-owned by Guy Fieri. Smoking Swine was featured on Fieri’s Diners, Drives-Ins and Dives, and Pumphrey wanted to use Santo because of all the support the show gave to his business.

Chad Ellis, the former owner of Spirits in Upper Fells Point, will work behind the bar.

When it opens on Saturday, The Hanover will be celebrating the release of ‘Sour Me, Unicorn Farts Glittered Sour’ a beer by DuClaw Brewing Co. in partnership with Diablo Doughnuts.

The Smoking Swine serves four types of pulled pork sandwiches including BBQ, and East Carolina and South Carolina recipes, and pork drizzled with peanut butter and jelly. It also has a brisket sandwich, pork and beef ribs, and sides including mac and cheese, beans, cole slaw, and collard greens.

Smoking Swine will have contactless ordering at the bar and there will also be a carry-out window facing Hanover St.

The Hanover will be open Friday from 4pm to 10pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 10pm.

Diablo Doughnuts is partnering with the bar, but will also sell its doughnuts in a space in the restaurant on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. The doughnuts are available until 2pm or until sold out. Pumphrey said there will be some crossover when the bar is open on Saturdays and Sundays, and doughnuts will still be available to enjoy while dining in.

Pumphrey performed some renovations to the bar space, but wanted to keep the “grandpa bar vibe” in there. It has wood paneling and red and black checkered floors.

Pumphrey and Roslyn are both former skateboarders, and Roslyn was also a BMXer, so there are also many skate decks hanging in the bar, many with local connections.

“It’s kind of like a grandpa bar, if grandpa was really into punk rock and skateboarding,” said Pumphrey.

It seats about 100 on the inside, and there is currently a pergola and seating for about 50 in the front facing Hanover St. Pumphrey said Baltimore Development Corporation and Greater Baybrook Alliance were huge supporters in getting that project going. They also secured facade improvement grants.

Pumphrey was ready to open They Hanover in April 2020, but tabled the project for a bit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pumphrey said they are taking “a slow and measured approach” to the business, but they could be open to expanded days and hours in the future.

There is a vacant lot just south of Hanover Bar, and Pumphrey said he is pushing the City to do something with it and ideally he’d love to see a skatepark built there. “It would serve the neighborhood and get more people out in the community,” he said. “The biggest thing any neighborhood needs is good honest people on the street walking to places.”

Pumphrey hopes Hanover Bar serves the Brooklyn community and the local workers in the area, as well as brings in customers from other parts of South Baltimore and the metro area with its access to I-95, I-895, and I-695. It is adjacent to a free park-and-ride parking lot.

“A lot of the residents [in Brooklyn] are blue-collar, working folks who would like a place in the neighborhood they can walk to and feel safe, and that’s kind of what we are trying to provide,” said Pumphrey.

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