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May 15, 2008

Teavolve to expand into Harbor East

Teavolve, the popular Fells Point teahouse and lounge, will be opening a second location in Harbor East as early as June. ...

The new space, which will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is at 1401 Aliceanna St., near Pazo.

It's larger than the current space at 1705 Eastern Ave, and will continue to host live music regularly.

"It will be a nice addition to the area," said future general manager Lloyd Morrison.

The location on Eastern Avenue will remain open on a more limited basis for special events, he said. 

My question: Does that little stretch of Aliceanna Street get that much foot traffic?

It doesn't look like it. 

Then again, Bluehouse seems to be doing well a block north on Fleet Street. 

Thanks to MS reader a for the tip. 

(Photo by Chiaki Kawajiri/Sun Photographer)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:45 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


Last time I talked to the owner she and her husband were in the process of trying to secure a liquor license for the new location. Did she/he say anything regarding alcohol sales at the new place?


Through my travels, I have noticed that other cities truly embrace a specific drink as part of their nightlife culture. For example, New Orleans has the Hurricane, NYC is very much a Martini town (or variations- cosmo, Manhattan), Lexington has the Mint Julep, etc...
Baltimore, despite having the Black Eyed Susan associated with Preakness, doesn't seem to embrace this as part of the city's culture. Most revelers have forgotten about it by Memorial day, and don't think of it again until the week leading up to Preakness. I practically had to look it up and I've bartended for years! Here is the recipe:
1 part Cointreau
1 part Mount Gay rum
1 part Vodka
Pineapple Juice
Orange Juice
Fill a highball glass with shaved ice, add the liquors first, then top off with equal parts of orange and pineapple juice. Stir and garnish with a lime wedge.

Now go out and enjoy, and embrace this drink all summer long!

I would call that The Fuzzy Area Between (T-FAB?) Harbor East and Fells Point. I was strolling around Harbor East with my mom & my dog last Friday night ('cuz I'm cool like that), and was surprised how many people were out on their way to dinner/restaurant bars/Whole Foods. So I think the action is picking up over there, and a lot of people wander from FPt to HE and vice versa... and those convention attendees who stay at the Marriott will pass Teavolve on their way to FPt... and they are opening in a building that houses a load of apartments... so I think Teavolve could do pretty well, as RA seems to be doing.


Teavolve is scheduled to open their Harbor East location the first week of June. They will be located in the Eden apartment building. This is the same building where Ra Sushi opened recently.

Mather if you're looking to try a great Mint Julep you should check out the bar at the Williard Hotel in DC. The Mint Julep is their signature drin and is consistently rated #1 in the country by Food and Beverage Magazine, Gourmet, Etc...

Since we're trading recipes... here is an old Baltimore made recipe dating from before prohibition. This is a "punch" style drink which would be good for anyone having a Preakness party.

CHAMPAGNE CUP (2 gallon mixture)

4 Oranges - Sliced
4 Lemons - Sliced
1/2 Pineapple - Sliced
1/2 pint Chartreuse
1/2 pint Abricontine
1 pint Curacoa
1 pint Conac Brandy
1 pint Tokay wine

Stir the above well and let stand for three hours. Strain mixture into a new bowl and add...

3 quarts Champagne
3 pints Apollinaris water
1 large piece of ice

Float slices of grape fruit on top and serve.

Baltimore does have a rich drinking history. While speakeasies actually began in Pennsylvania, Baltimore averaged more speakeasies per capita than New York or Philly. In fact, it was a Baltimore man that led the tempest movement in New York and he also was the spark that became the flame of national prohibition.

If anyone is interested, there is a great book about all this called Dry Manhattan.

Having lived in New Orleans, I can tell you the only time a local ever drinks a Hurricane is when a visitor wants to go to Pat O's.

They do love their Bloody Mary's though. They make them almost as a salad with alcohol.

They may not drink them themselves, but they talk them up to tourists- who drink the #&#@ out of 'em!
Very true about the Bloody Mary's- I had one at a diner/breakfast place called Mothers before Jazz Fest that was phenominal

Who needs foot traffic when you have all those lovely blue light cameras?

Harbor East is the area to watch. There are another five condo/apartment buildings slated for construction now, all with city approval.

In addition, say goodbye to the H&S Bakery. They are relocating and condos will be built where their factory stands today.

The developers are going out of their way to provide ample restaurant and retail space on the ground floor of most buildings they are constructing.

I hope that the area gets more mom & pop and locally owned establishments instead of just corporate chains which seem to dominate the landscape. However, with the price per sq ft they are asking, it's going to be tough.

You're going to see a lot less blue light cameras as well, since developers have asked them to be removed as a condition for redeveloping the area.

Just to give you an idea where Harbor East is headed, Nobu Matsuhisa is planning on opening in Harbor East. I believe it is going to be one of three/four restaurants in the new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences across the street from Roy's.

i was at ra sushi last week and had the best bloody mary i've ever had. does anyone know what their recipe is?

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