Sports Bar ‘FLOCK’ Opens in Pigtown

| January 30, 2024 | 0 Comments

Sports bar FLOCK has opened at 1415 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown. FLOCK takes over a 3,168 sq. ft., two-story restaurant building which has been mostly unused over the past decade.

Developer Alex Aaron of Blank Slate purchased the building last year and began renovations to bring in a restaurant tenant. In recent years, this location was briefly the home of Pigtown Ale House, and was slated to become a new location for Washington, D.C.-based restaurant Jerk at Nite, but the restaurant group decided to pursue a different location in Baltimore.

Blank Slate is partnering with Mark Anthony Walker of Sphere Restaurant Group on FLOCK. Walker has been working in the hospitality business for about 12 years, getting his start at the recently-closed Tabrizi’s in Federal Hill. Walker spent recent years as a manager at Cafe Fili and will be opening two Downtown locations of his new Tuscan cafe concept DAI!

Walker said Pigtown was one of the neighborhoods in Baltimore he hadn’t explored yet. When he was presented this opportunity, Walker took walks around the Pigtown community and fell in love with its history and proximity to the stadiums.

The name FLOCK is a nod to the “sports energy” in Pigtown, but Walker also likes the idea of “the neighborhood flocking together at one location.”

FLOCK is across the street from Carroll Park with the first and second floors of the space having views into the park. “It’s such an amazing view,” said Walker. “The light that is cast is so beautiful.”

The first floor at FLOCK has a bar, televisions, and high-top seating. There is also a second-floor dining room that can be used for private parties. Both levels have large raven murals.

FLOCK has a seating capacity of 71.

Guilford Hall Brewery is the exclusive partner for FLOCK’s 12 beer taps. The two will be patterning on a co-branded beer. The bar menu also features custom cocktails.

The food menu is a fusion of Southern and Caribbean flavors. Walker grew up in South Carolina, but half of his family is from Barbados, so the menu is a nod to his heritage. Walker worked with Chef Andy Thomas to create the menu.

Plates on the menu include jerk chicken, shrimp fried rice, pistachio-encrusted trout, fried corn, and weekend brunch items. Walker is excited about the FLOCK Burger, which has a black bun died with squid ink and housemade onion jam, as well as his “elevated” take on a chicken cheesesteak. All sandwiches come with housemade chips or fries.

“I hope to bring an elevated sports bar experience to the neighborhood,” said Walker. “Even though we call ourselves a sports bar, the food is the star. Our menu captures our warm, charming neighborhood ambiance.”

FLOCK is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 9pm, Friday from 4pm to 10pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm, and Sunday from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 9pm.

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