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May 9, 2011

Irish pub to open at Canton Arts and Entertainment

Canton Arts and Entertainment will get an Irish pub this summer, said Marc McFaul, who is looking to start managing the sprawling complex on Boston Street.

The new bar also means the nightlife entertainment complex, which has been mostly closed for renovations since March 2010, will be again open to the public some time in the future. 

The pub, to be called Finnegan's Wake, has a tentative opening date of June 16, the same day as Bloomsday. 

McFaul, who runs Stalking Horse, Delia Foley's and Ropewalk Tavern with his family, said he wants to split Canton Arts and Entertainment into two spaces. 

One will have the Irish pub, and the other will be a Southwest BBQ restaurant.

Update: McFaul sent in an update; the BBQ restaurant will be called the Dark Horse Saloon. 

Finnegan's will have a traditional Irish menu, as well as some American items. The restaurant, which has not been named, will have 25 different types of chicken wings.

CAE closed for renovations in Marchof last year, and re-opened for private parties in September. There's been little activity inside since. McFaul said it will still be run by Richard Kraus, who owns Mara & Maru LLC, a partner company in the CAE business venture. He's looking to manage the space.

“Richard has always run nightclubs and fine dining,” McFaul said. “We’re going to go away from that and concentrate on the neighbors.”

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Photo: My Generation, a bar at CAS, in September (via Midnight Sunner Shankman)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 11:53 AM | | Comments (22)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


well, at least it sounds like they have somebody that knows what they are doing this time.


I can see the appeal of opening "Delia Foley's East" since it's basically a turnkey operation but come on dawg, we got enough Irish places over in Canton.

@Evan -- YES! They could call it "Canton Arts and ENZLKJHDSAESLKAJH"

As long as the ownership doesn't change, I wouldn't expect anything different from whatever they choose to call the "new" place. Within 2 months it'll return to its nightclub status before closing again for another year.

Until the liquor board takes appropriate action with these nuisance businesses, the Boston Street bar scene will continue to be a blight on the community.

Who'd a thunk it, an Irish bar in Canton!

I hope it can be a success. With Bartenders and Gin Mill as great options, and Red House Tavern showing some promise, that area could be a nice spot.

I feel a certain sense of deja vu looking at that photo, like I have seen that very image a thousand times before.

What ever happened to Red House Tavern? I member a whole slew of name calling about that place.

finnegan's lake? Are you sure it is not finnegan's wake, like the song?

There's a Finnegan's Wake on South Beach.

Hey Jim -- Yes, it is actually Finnegan's Wake, not Lake. It's been a while since we brushed up on our James Joyce.

Finnegan's Lake? God, maza

@Rock -- actually this one's my bad. I misheard McFaul on the phone, and we fixed it soon after. Humble pie = eaten.

An error made by someone other than maza? And the mighty Sam Sessa of all people? Does ... not ... compute.

Pinnegan's Fake?!

Maza Tov!

Wow the building has gone from a hideous gold color to a hideous red color (actually half of it ... I assume that will be the Dark Horse Saloon)

The Irish pub half is, of course, green

Ahhh ... "Dark Horse Saloon"

That explains the horrendously huge and ugly horse statute sitting on Boston Street.

is there kilkenny involved here?, Iam all in

So these places are open. Do they have a web site or anything? Any word on happy hours, weekly specials? Food reviews?

As an Obama an O'malley supporter, I can't wait to hold a fundraiser there. Seems like a huge enough space.

I was almost...almost going to give these places a chance by going in there with a group of friends, but then I saw the request for live entertainment sign in the window we all turned and walked the other way. These people must be INSANE!! With Las Ruinas, Huckas, and Canton Arts & and Entertainment being the nightmare (and sometimes out and out dangerous) neighbors that they were do they think this is going to bring their neighbors in the door?? They have just successfully turned off everyone within a two block radius of the place in one fell swoop. We don't need live entertainment with hundreds of residents within earshot!!

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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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