Wharf Rat to close for renovations

The Wharf Rat (206 W. Pratt St.) will close this Thursday for renovations, according to new owner Justin Dvorkin.

Dvorkin and general manager Justin Damadio took over the downtown brewpub last fall. They plan to reopen the place with a new name and slightly different look March 10.

The changes include a new draft beer system, HVAC and a fresh coat of paint, Dvorkin said. He also wants to add a bar on the second floor, bring in live music on semi-regular basis. They have kept the same Oliver Ale recipes, as well as the same brew master.

Dvorkin also denied online rumors that he plans to make the Wharf Rat a Yankees bar.

"We got this place cause it's in the heart of Baltimore," Dvorkin said. "We wouldn't be so foolish as to make this an out-of-state bar in the heart of the city. It doesn't make any sense."

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