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March 8, 2010

Patrick's of Pratt Street to reopen full time

patricks of pratt streetWest Baltimore residents rejoice -- Patrick's of Pratt Street is back.

The Irish pub, which has been only open sporadically for the past year, has new management and could reopen as early as March 14th.

The new manager/chef is Zu Tudhope, a former sous chef who plans to bring in a better beer selection and make the menu a little less upscale. The interior will remain the same, she said.

"We're not trying to change it too much," she said. "We want to make it more accessible to the community." ...

Patrick's will be open Tuesdays-Sundays, with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

The bar has been in the Rowley family for several generations, but has sat idle for the past year while current owners Patrick and Anne Rowley focused on their newer location in Frederick.

"They'll be able to fully focus on Frederick while I run the Baltimore location," Tudhope said. "Everyone that I talk to always misses the place. It has such a great feel."

(Baltimore Sun photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:48 AM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


SO f'ing happy

Perhaps we can start having a Pigtown pub crawl. Patrick's, Sid's, um...

I wouldn't really call where Patrick's is, Pigtown. They're actually closer to Zella's Pizzeria and Baltimore Pho, than to any of the Pigtown joints.

We could always hit up the B&O Tavern and Opposite Sidewalk Saloon...utterly classy establishments, I assure you.

Would you care to investigate their marketing claims that they've been open at that location "since 1847," "America's oldest Irish pub"? I feel that claim may have as many holes in it as the old saw about The Horse You came In On being one of the oldest bars in the US..........

Sure, there's safety in numbers, but people are getting stabbed at South Baltimore bar crawls. What's going to happen in Pigtown at 1 a.m. on a Friday?

Alexander, the claim is they're the country's oldest Irish Pub owned by the same family. I think the claim is, open since 1847, open in that location since the 1860s. Rowley said his great-great uncle opened it, I believe. I don't know if they've cross checked the claim anywhere, but no one has come forward to refute it.

As I found when it came to refuting the allegations about The Horse You Came In On, it may take a property deed search. In the case of the Horse, the previous owner had conveniently ignored the fact that for at least part of the time since 1792 (the old "since" claim), the property had been owned by the local minister........ I have no reason to doubt the current owners other than jaundiced skepticism, but far too often such claims are made for commercial promotion and are based on little more than hearsay or a good story teller.

I think this is an idea whose time has come.

Josh -- The Pigtown Bar Crawl or researching the claim?

The Pigtown Bar Crawl. Sorry, wrote that and then stepped away before hitting submit. By then the conversation had taken a different direction.

Alexander, I can vouch that my grandfather went there back in the 1920s after he arrived here in Baltimore from Ireland. Many Irish worked for the B&O railroad just across the street.

I'm very excited about the reopening! I believe the plan is to be open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner, and Saturday and Sunday for brunch.

The owner of what was known as Nadd's (he bowed to the pressure and changed it to Singer's) says that Leon's (the other bar he owns attached to Singer's) is the oldest gay bar in the country.

I'm looking forward to a big bowl of their Guinness stew the next time I'm in town. Sounds like Patrick's is in excellent hands!

Wait a minute. It's not Nadd's anymore?!

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