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May 7, 2009

Pub Dog will not open in Fells Point

pub dog in federal hillpub dog in federal hillThe day after my blog post about Pub Dog opening a new branch in Fells Point published, the deal was called off.

According to Pub Dog owner Steve Osmond, an investment group formed by the Kali's Court folks swooped in and offered the seller more money.

"I got a call from the seller, [who said] 'I need the keys back and we're not doing the deal,'" Osmond said today.

Considering the bad news about the deal, Osmond sounded pretty upbeat on the phone.

"I'm moving on," he said. "There's lot of other great spots in Baltimore." ...

On a more positive note, Osmond read my blog post about watermelon beer, and had some made. The first batch should be ready in about four weeks.

"I'm really excited about that," he said.

Thanks to Alexander D. Mitchell IV for the tip.

(Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:17 PM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Bring Pub Dog to Hampden and allow dogs - nobody in this hood will rat you out to the Health Dept...Wait, nevermind because somebody did sell out the Wine Source.

Fells what? Come to Hamilton instead.

Wow, watermelon beer. That sounds pretty good on a 90 degree summer day.

So, what is the Kali's group planning to do?

Agreed... come to Hampden!

No way! Come to Canton, you can take over the defunct Ray Lewis' BBQ and actually make the place a worthwhile destination.

Canton, please! Sounds like a great stop, mid-dog walk.

Any news on what Kali's will do with the space?

I see you increased the number of recent posts from 5 to 10. Good move

I also had the web gurus double the number of recent comments shown.

If Steve Osmond already had the keys, it sounds like a breach of promise by "the Seller" on a deal that was all but signed. I guess it isn't worth Osmond's time and money to legally challenge "the Seller" but someone who's business practices deserve a little newsworthy airring or comment.

Seriously, so many people walk dogs in Canton...they would make a killing there, if you can actually bring dogs in. Didnt the fells location stop allowing dogs?

There never was a fells location of Pub Dog.
Also, it's not about bars allowing or not allowing dogs, there's a ridiculous health department law that says that ice is a food, therefore no dogs.(leashed or unleashed). From what I understand, the fines are pretty steep.

Folks, it's a city ordinance, and from the Health department, not the Liquor Board. If you open up a dog-friendly venue anywhere in the city, the Health inspectors will stop you. It doesn't matter if it's Canton, or Hampden, or Reisterstown Road, or Brooklyn.

I'm all in favor of a business owner running the place as he sees fit--up to a point--but even appealing to the city BLLC isn't going to do you any good. Lobby the Health inspectors and council members instead.

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