After shutting down in 2012, the Baltimore Eagle will reopen tonight with a new look under new owners.
The storied leather bar at 2022 N. Charles St. has undergone a massive renovation. The venue will host a ribbon-cutting at 7:45 p.m. Friday, followed by its opening at 8 p.m.
To start, the Eagle will operate as a bar and club with hours from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. A restaurant, retail section and liquor store within the building will open in the coming weeks, when the hours will be expanded.
Chef Ed Scholly will head the kitchen, offering gastropub fare such as burgers, sandwiches, seafood and nachos.
The project has been in the works for about two years, including a full renovation of the building, as father-son owners Charles and Ian Parrish of Investors United have worked with Charles and Greg King and John and Robert Gasser* to restore the gay bar. Aside from extensive construction, the team encountered a number of hurdles along the way, including problems securing a liquor license after its license expired.
Charles "Chuck" King, the bar's general manger, said it became a mad dash to open the Eagle on Friday when the owners were told their permits weren't in order earlier in the week.
"This has been the longest road of our lives, it’s been the toughest road of our lives. We had no idea how hard it was going to be opening a business," he said. "We are humbled by the support of the community and the support and the outreach of our family and friends."
The original Baltimore Eagle closed in 2012. King said a grand opening celebration will likely take place in late February.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the Baltimore Eagle's owners. Charles and Ian Parrish own the Eagle, and Charles King is the general manager. The Sun regrets the error.