Rye Street Tavern Pauses Operations to “Reimagine” its Concept

| May 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Rye Street Tavern on the Sagamore Spirit campus in Port Covington is officially pausing its operations. The restaurant has been closed since December of last year amid COVID-19 restrictions, but the restaurant recently announced it has decided to “take time to pause and reimagine Rye Street Tavern as a more integral part of the Sagamore Spirit experience and the exciting redevelopment in Port Covington.”

The operating partner of Rye Street Tavern is New York City-based NoHo Hospitality Group, and Sagamore Spirit is owned by Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Ventures. NoHo also owns Rec Pier Chop House at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore in Fells Point, which is also owned by Sagamore Ventures. Rec Pier Chop House remains open, and NoHo will continue its partnership at Rye Street Tavern when it reopens.

Sagamore Spirit President Brian Treacy told SouthBMore.com that the restaurant being closed since December has given them more time to think about the potential of the space and “how to enhance the waterfront” at Sagamore Spirit.

“We are still in the early stages of reimagining the space,” said Treacy. “I don’t want to speak too much to it yet, but we are excited about it.”

Treacy did not give a timeline for a reopening, and said the closing was not related to the large construction site across the street for the ongoing Port Covington Development.

He noted that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there is a lot more desire to be outdoors. Sagamore Spirit saw its waterfront green space increase in the past year with the completion of a new bulkhead along the water. Sagamore Spirit will use this space for its Whiskey on the Waterfront event series, as well as for yoga and cocktail classes.

Rye Street Tavern did note on its social media accounts that gift cards will be honored when the restaurant reopens.

Sagamore Spirit recently opened a whiskey cocktail bar, Nineteen O’Nine, on its campus. The bar is open Friday to Sunday with Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey on the rocks and hand-crafted cocktails using Sagamore Spirit.

Full facility tours of Sagamore Spirit will resume on June 9th.

Sagamore Spirit is part of the 235-acre Port Covington Development. Chapter 1B is under construction across the street from Sagamore Spirit, bringing new office, retail, hotel, apartment, and event spaces that are expected to be completed next year. Treacy said Sagamore Spirit is “beyond excited” and that “business can only improve.”

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