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September 29, 2010

Sascha's 527 on Charles Street is expanding

PX00166_9.JPGSascha's 527 is adding a bar to its restaurant.

Customers of the Charles Street restaurant have long known a set-up that includes a lunch menu friendly to nearby office workers, and a salad bar afterward.

But owner Sascha Wolhandler is transforming the salad bar into just a bar after the lunch hour. 

"We'll be like a bipolar restaurant," she says. "When lunch ends, the sneeze guard comes down, the chairs come out, and the lights go down. And we become a bar."

Wolhandler calls it the copper bar, but the lunch-hour turnaround makes it sound more like Mt. Vernon's new speakeasy. 

Wolhandler says the change to a dual-purpose property came about because the bar they had for ten years - a tiny one at the back - was getting too crowded. 

"At ten years, we wanted to reinvent all those things about Sascha's," she says. 

She started preparing for the change in August, by changing the plumbing, reconnecting the cappuccino machine, and altering the set-up so that the salad bar can undergo "a schizophrenic change."

She wouldn't discuss exact figures, but she says they didn't spend a fortune.

At the new bar, they can sit 16 people, and still offer the same dinner menu they were already offering.  The kitchen will stay open until 10 p.m. weekdays, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The bar offers a dozen bottled beers starting at $3.50 each, ten red wines by the glass and eight white wines by the glass.  At their happy hour - lasting two hours, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - all taste plates are discounted at 50 percent, glasses of wine are $2-off, and all bottled beer is $4. 

Photo: Baltimore Sun/Amy Davis

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Posted by Erik Maza at 8:54 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


This is great news. This will make them a viable third option for me when I'm bouncing between yacht Club and O'Sheas.

Walking uphill is for suckers!

and Ed (bartender) is the man. Bmore Chop- I bounce from O'shea's to Yatch Club every day- how bout tapping me on the shoulder one day- I don't walk uphill I ride ;-)

I did that bounce last night. I'll have to stop in at Sascha's now as well.

Love Sascha's, really I do. But I don't think I'll ever thing of it as "a bar". It's a restaurant with a bar - a nice one at that. Moving the liquor up front won't change that.

We should have an impromptu Midnight Sun meet up at the yacht club.

Eh, this isn't really 'expanding' is it?

hey a midnight sun meet up sounds great this friday, Eddie has artisenal cocktails premiering this weekend

I am going to go after happy hour when my domestic beer goes from $4 to $3.50.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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