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July 19, 2007

For sale: Harbor Way Inn

I've driven by the Harbor Way Inn 100 times but never gone inside.

The bar/grill, which sits near the corner of Pratt Street and MLK Boulevard, looks like it's been there for decades. Doesn't look like much has been done with the place since before Harborplace was built, either.

I've wanted to do a Meet the Venue on it, but it looks like I'm too late. I passed by a week or so ago and noticed a For Sale sign in the window. I walked over and saw this note posted:


I left a message for Mr. Vito, but he hasn't called me back yet.

My question is, what would you like to see in place of the Harbor Way? Ridgely's Delight already has a newly redone bar -- Quigley's Half-Irish Pub. And the Camden Pub is right up the street. So I think that pretty much rules out pubs.

How about another pre-game spot? A high-end lounge? A tequila bar?

What do you think?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 6:47 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


A nice thai/indian/vietnamese restaurant !

What about a whisky bar?

that place smelled awful inside, good for carry out tho...

an indian restaraunt would do well there, because of the medical/law schools nearby and the make-up of the barre circle community.

no more sports bars there

Funny, but I was researching the history of the address of 737 W. Pratt, and was glad to see a photo of the bar front.

The combination of 737 to 741 W. Pratt was the location of the Frank Wissig toy and carriage manufacturers. Mr. Wissig died in 1932, and I don't know if the business continued there after that.

What is at 739 and 741 W. Pratt today? When you're in the bar, is there any evidence of an earlier use, such as an iron furnace? One of their products was wicker doll carriages, so they would have had to work with iron. If you are in there again, please find out how many years it has been a bar.

anyone who'd dare suggest anything goes in here BESIDES what already exists needs to learn a thing or two about why this bar is incredible, one-of-a-kind, and irreplaceable.

Follow up on Dee's post:
I recently purchased a small roll-top desk with "Frank Wissig" at the back with the address 636 - 640 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. This being a piece of furniture - I wonder if this is the same Frank Wissig who produced toys and carriages? Dee, would you know anymore of this interesting history? Thanks!


you left your dentures at the end of the bar last night - again.

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