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November 23, 2009

More details about the new Waterstone Grille

waterstoneWhen I first posted about the new Waterstone Bar and Grille, which is taking over from the troubled Coconuts, someone named dispatch posted an insightful comment.

I e-mailed disptach, trying to get more information on the place. Today, dispatch e-mailed me back.

Her name is actually Emily, and though I'm still not quite sure how she knows all this stuff, she sounds like she knows what she's talking about.

Here is Emily's e-mail, which has details about the opening date, as well as the owner's plans for the place:

The original owner of Coconuts took ownership back after it went downhill (basically after the stabbing some months ago). She is launching it as a higher-end lesbian bar (although I believe anyone is allowed to come, not just females) ...

During the day, it will be a bar & grille with happy hour specials, lunch & dinner (catering to the local crowd & hospital).  Friday nights she is having a live band and DJ.  Saturday nights will be a DJ starting around 10ish. 
The inside is much nicer than the original, as she basically gutted it and re-did everything.  During the Spring & Summer, she'll be able to open the large bay windows, as well as serve food outside. 
I believe she is scheduled to open the week after Thanksgiving, with the Grand Opening being that Sat night (Dec 5th).  The owner is virtually impossible to get a hold of, so hopefully that gives you a good idea of what she's trying to do with the place.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:06 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Some fine reporting there, Sam. "I emailed this person. They sent me some details. This person may or may not be affiliated with this place. Shot in the dark."

Emily = Deep Throat

Hee hee! Hey, at least I'm honest about it.

Brace yourselves for some -- gasp -- actual reporting, when I post Midnight Sun's Special Report on Nadds.

wait for it....wait for it...

...did you...Go Nadds?

Oh my gravy! I almost busted a coconut laughing. A Deep Throat for Nadds? Well that just tickles me.

This is really a good place to visit. I really enjoyed sitting there with my group and doing nothing and fun lolzzz. Actually it is a better version pf the original.

Although I understand why management wants to "shed" the negative stigma attached to the establishment formally known as Coconuts...I experienced a VERY negative experience there on yesterday. I will never support an establishment that profiles individuals as "the old Coconuts" crowd just because of what they are waraing or the color of their skin! I was approached by Lisa, the new owner as my best friend and I walked thru the door. There was no, "Hello welcome to Waterstone.." nothing! Her first words were "Are you here to eat!" As if to say "we don't have a club here anymore so why are you here!"...Her facial expressions, her body language, her tone, her energy....all said "you're NOT welcome here!" I drove all the way from White Marsh to support this business with MY hard earned money, and to experience this was just sad, to say the least. I even called back to the restaurant while driving back home to speak with Lisa about this situation but I was told by Sarah (the person who answered the phone) that she didn't know Lisa's last name and would take my name and number and have her to call me back. Which never happened.

Dear Lisa, as a business owner in the heart of the Lgbt district...if you want to be successful you must change your approach to how you interact with customers. People don't HAVE to come to Waterstone. They have plenty of options when it comes to spending their money. So, profiling people as they walk thru your door is NOT a way to establish and assure the success of your restaurant. This is my first post of many to spread the word about how my bestfriend and I were treated when we came to your business. I want it to be known what exactly is going on there. Especially since you never called me back to discuss the situation before it got to this point. I am a Black professional and I work for the Police Department. I hold two upper level degrees and I have a business of my own. Please don't judge a book by its cover. You treated me like a common hoodlum simply because I had on a University of Baltimore pullover and a hat! It was 20 degrees outside AND I had on an appropriate shirt underneath my pull over, but you never gave me an opportunity to reveal that because your less than welcoming greeting made me lose my appetite and opt out of spending any of my money in your establishment. You gave me the option to stay and spend my money on food but made it clear that because of "how I was dressed" I would be asked to leave at 10pm. How rude! Take my money but then throw me out when your DJ started to play?! You need to invest in signs, advertisment etc to make your policies clear to people before they drive 20+ minutes to your bar. It's too late for me because I will never come back but please take these things into consideration for the future. I will also be posting my personal experience on Facebook. I will also send you a message to your email address you have listed. Remember, good news moves at a snails pace but bad news travels like a wildfire! The LGBT community deserves better and if you don't change your ways Waterstone will more than likely fall victim to its slanted profiling ways.

Ouch, scathing review from Chanel! I was researching Waterstone to see if I want to go there for Restaurant Week, and came across this. I did notice on the Waterstone website that there is a dress code listed. Seems a little tacky - this is Baltimore, not DC.

That's definitely profiling because me and my lesbian friend frequented Waterstone before she moved away and she has wore a female item of clothing in the 10 years that I've known her only once. It's always army hats and combat boots and random clothing from that store on Franklin and Eutaw

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