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February 24, 2009

What's the deal with Reefers?

reefers balitmoreAnd no, I'm not talking about the drug or the movie about the drug.

I'm talking about the Fells Point bar, at 711 S. Broadway. 

I've seen it open in years past. And it looks to me like a case of an owner who is looking for a buyer but doesn't want the liquor license to expire.

So he/she opens the place once every month or so to keep the license active.

Anybody know more about it?

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:33 AM | | Comments (16)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


We cannot have Mr. Sessa calling out bars. He will ruin us all!!!!!

Hee hee. I'm just trying to shine a little light in a dark corner ...

Bar owners united!

Sam is letting people know how hard it is to run a business. He is also letting people know about possible bars for sale. It just goes to show how hard it is to run a bar in these times. People think that it is easy to run a bar and that there is a ton of money involved in it.
To my knowledge you don't have to open a bar once a month, just once a year for the license not to expire. The people that are in it are possibly potential buyers.

That place was booming back in the day. They even took my fake ID away when I was 19 (I am now 30). Those bouncers knew their ID's! hehe!

In college, we always went to Reefers as freshmen. The joke was that the bouncers were so lax you could get in with a library card or note from your mother saying you were 19. I'm not surprised they're having difficulties, I remember it being disgusting.

Reefers and the Club next door, 725......was always off the hook in the 90s. I can remember a police raid at 725 with underaged people running out the back door and climbing a fence in the alley behind it to escape. So many medics and cops hanging out at the foot on Broadway trying to hook up with the drunk women. When they would get a call, they would be stuck in traffic for 10 minutes trying to get up Broadway with the siren screaming at 2 am!

I always thought it was 723, not 725.

725 it was, I stand corrected. Dont forget closing time, 2am riots on the parking lot across the street!

not to mention the stabbings, plenty of those at 723 - definitely played a pretty heavy role in their license getting yanked.

so reefer's Looney's AND JD's Saloon are closing?

srsly. the owner Pat is a friend of mine. I think she's away in Greece for the winter.
I don't think this place is closed.

looney's and jd's are closing?


Businesses that are doing well rarely close for "vacation" or "renovation." This has been an ongoing inside joke in the industry for years. Whenever you see a sign, or hear from a friend, "Closed for one month for renovation." Or, "Closed February for Vacation." Usually means, "we don't have any money."

Not to mention, she may have gone to Greece for the winter, but most of my Greek friends -left- Greece last winter due to all the rioting and violence following the child shot by police, and Greece's insnae laws including prohibiting law enforcement from stepping foot on university property, even if they are in "hot pursuit" of a suspect they visibily see entering university property.

I dunno.

Just a little hinkey.

Not true, Mark Twain. Corks closed 2 mos. for renovations and that they did. Small "family owned" local spots like Peters Inn and Jack's Bistro also close for a week each around Christmas time so the staff and owners can get a break.


Yes, Corks and Jacks closed for renovations, and they gave their patrons plenty of advance notice. They didn't simply put a notice on door.

it's open fri/sat thats it.

no renovations, no vacations, no problems, just an owner on auto-pilot

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