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December 8, 2010

Grumpie's closed for renovations

Picture%201.pngForget those $2 drafts at Grumpie's Pour House for the time being.

The Federal Hill bar was closed for renovations last week.

Manager Sarah Clark said the bar's last night was Thanksgiving eve.

MaGerk's owners, who have managed the property for eight years, plan to expand the bar into the building next door. 

That building, which the managers bought last year, used to be the Federal Hill Lounge. 

Clark said the new owners "chose to wait" a whole year to pursue an expansion. It was approved in late September.

She said the plan is to break ground on the expansion next week. It should last three to four months, at least, she said.

It will include renovations to the interior, though, asked what those would look like, Clark was circumspect.

"it's going to be a surprise," she said. "It's not quite press-ready."

She also said it hadn't been determined yet if new draft lines would be added. "Everything is still in the air," she said.

Clark, who until now managed both MaGerk's and Grumpie's, said the re-opened Grumpie's would have a new manager as well.

"Grumpie's was a simple set-up," she said. "The new place will be a bigger business, so we're going to have a separate manager."

The property at 25 E Cross Street, which is nearly 1,000 square feet, is valued at $116,700, according to property records.

Photo: Grumpie's Pour House, via 600block

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Posted by Erik Maza at 8:00 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Who's Walker?

quick editting!

"The property at 25 E Cross Street, which is nearly 1,000 square feet, is valued at $116,000, according to property records."

I doubt it.

116K? No wonder my boy asked me if I bought it for his bday lol

The rumor mill also purports that the whole thing is gonna be a pizza restaurant, so we'll see how that goes

When are we going to find out the deal with Bill's Lighthouse?! Isn't it being auctioned off today? Yes, I realize I am probably the only person in the world that cares about this bar.

Just ran into Usher while out to lunch at City Cafe in Mount Vernon.

Just ran into Sobo Bob while out to lunch at City Cafe in Mount Vernon.

@ Usher and Sobo Bob


I too, care about bills. I'm glad that it will be hopefully sticking around for a little bit longer.

As for the matter at hand. Does Fed Hill really need another magerks/mothers/mad river/stalking horse type bar? And [Thirsty] Pub Dog will always be my go to spot for pizza!

I liked Grumpies when you could order from Ultimate Pizza and get a meat lovers (with no pork!) and they bring it two doors down and you could eat it in the bar. Also the wife could eat her sushi. Now we're gonna be confined to a probably exspensive menu.

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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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