Alewife to replace Lucy's Irish Pub
A high-end beer hall with New American cuisine is set to replace Lucy's Irish Pub on the West Side, according to owner Daniel Lanigan.
Alewife, which could open as early as Sept. 5, will have 40 drafts and 100 bottles, as well as craft cocktails and a wine program, Lanigan said.
"We're going to try to be an institution in Baltimore," he said. "I think the West Side needs a good restaurant/bar. That part of town is an opportunity for revitalization, and we want to be a part of that for a long time." ...
Aside from a few cosmetic changes, Lanigan plans to keep the large space mostly the same.
"We're going to modernize it a little bit," he said. "It's a nice looking couple rooms as it is."
Lanigan owns a number of other beer halls, including Lord Hobo in Cambridge, Mass. and Other Side Cafe in Boston. A self-professed beer guy, he said the challenge of running a large space drew him to Baltimore.
Alewife won't offer an obscene amount of beers because it doesn't have to, Lanigan said. What matters is the quality.
"There aren’t 2,000 good beers in the world," he said. "There's not even 1,000. We sell 100 bottles of beer because we think that’s the best 100 bottles you can get. That philosophy dictates how we do our menu."Formerly Maggie Moore's, the space at 21 N. Eutaw St. became Lucy's in 2008 before closing last year.