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September 15, 2009

Hopkins Deli owners buy, reopen Kolpers


For years, Lucky and Veronika Singh wanted to open a nice, clean sports bar with really good food.

Several months ago, the Singhs, who own Hopkins Deli, finally found what they thought would be the perfect space: Kolpers.

It wasn't until after they signed the contract that they found out about the double stabbing (which resulted in one death) which occurred there in March.

"I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, oh no, what did I get myself into?'" Veronika Singh said.

"Needless to say, we don't want anything of this nature happening with us." ...

The Singhs installed a new hardwood floor in the dining room. They also brought in a decent draft list, which includes Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Flying Dog and more.

The best part? Kolpers now has das boot. Filling up das boot costs between $10 and $15, depending on the brew. And if you drink it super fast without spilling any on yourself, the Singhs might let you take home the boot.

Here is a link to the new Kolpers Web site. 

"Business is growing," she said. "I can't say for one minute that it's been great. We're really good, hardworking people. When you're putting this much effort into something, I feel like eventually, it's going to be successful."

(Photo courtesy of Kolpers)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:54 AM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I worked there for a very short stint as a manager 2 years ago. The owners were very inexperienced and the crowd was less than desirable. The building is fantastic though and I think the location will improve after area construction is finished.

A $28 T-bone at a sports bar during a recession? wait... the recession is over? okay, go ahead then.

i run past there every other day and noticed looking through the window it looked pretty nice, so stopped by just to take a look, and sure enough i was pretty impressed with the place.

very large square bar when you walk in with nice tv's and good beers on tap. an equally nice dining room behind and a step down from the bar area.

definitely a place on my list to check out.

Plus good to see a place that has das boot in bmore. i just had my first one in pittsburgh when i was visiting my brother and have to say even though it was somewhat kitschy, it was still entertaining.

Failure model.

i have drank from DAS BOOT many a time in madison, wi. kind of needs to be a german place to fit though, no?

The owners need to learn to read a map. They have Woodberry listed as the location. They are at the bottom of Ash Street which is lower Hampden. Woodberry has a neighborhood rule which does not allow any Liquor Licenses in that vicinity.

So does that mean Woodberry Kitchen also has the incorrect name?

I believe Woodberry Kitchen is technically correct since it's on the West side of the Jones Falls.

Well if Woodberry's neighborhood doesn't allow liquor licenses. Then why are do they serve alcohol at Woodberry Kitchen?

We are disappointed by the fact that every story published about us since we took over Kolpers had to be written with a strong focus on “the stabbing” – an unfortunate, yet isolated incident that took place before we purchased this business. This is just not the same Kolpers. We have great food, many food and drink specials, live entertainment four nights a week, including an open dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights, plus the NFL ticket, which allows virtually any game to be viewed on one of our 12 TVs. We would like to be judged by the clean, safe, entertaining environment that we provide now, not by the random occurrence that took place before we even got there. I know that we may be a little difficult to locate since the city blocked Falls road, but there are clear directions posted on our website.

Kolpers Management

I would have changed the name, since there is some serious negative history associated with it. Perhaps Hamden Arts & Entertainment.

Funny thing: Kolpers posted the same message on a post on Dining@Large. Weird part: nobody brought up anything negative about their history there. They brought up stabbing.

Style note: If you want to win the hearts and minds of potential customers, do not sign off as "Kolpers Management". Yuk. Real names for real people is better, espcially if you have a cool name like Lucky Singh. Really.

It's not like the name "Kolpers" is pretty or evocative. I would change it. I suggest Drank's. ;-)

I've been looking for a nice bar in the 'hood that has the NFL Sunday ticket and was told to check out Kolper's.

I had a really nice time.
Cheap beer and wings, flat screens all over the place and the bar tenders changed around what was on the closets TVs so I could watch my game.

The renovations look well done and the place has plenty of room to spread out....
No I don't work there or anything, just happy to have a sports bar I can walk too

I find it interesting that happy hour starts @ 11:00 am according to their web site.

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