Rye owner set to open Bookmakers Cocktail Club in Federal Hill

The Baltimore Sun


The owner of Rye, Ryan Perlberg, is set to open a similar version of the casually lush Fells Point craft-cocktail lounge in Federal Hill.

Perlberg said that Bookmakers Cocktail Club will open early September in the space that was the longtime home of karaoke destination Nevins Cross Street Station.

For Perlberg, Bookmakers is his first foray into Federal Hill. In addition to Rye, he operates two neighboring businesses on the 800 block of South Broadway, the popular hot dog spot Stuggy's and the Latin cantina Willow. 

"We created the Bookmakers concept by staying true to our roots and building on the successful elements we [have] at Rye," Perlberg said.

He added that the balance between cocktails and food will be more equal at Bookmakers than it is at Rye, where the food offerings are limited by the the property's small confines.

Partnering at Bookmakers with real estate developer Chris Janian, Perlberg has worked to create a cozier, warmer atmosphere out of the sprawling old Nevins space. The decor, Perlberg says, draws on Gothic and vintage boudoir styles.

The executive chef at Bookmakers is Chris Amendola, formerly of Fleet Street Kitchen. The beverage director is Ryan Sparks, who has worked at Jack's Bistro, Of Love and Regret and The Brewer's Art

Bookmakers Cocktail Club (31 E. Cross St., 443-438-4039, bookmakersbaltimore.com) will be open and serving a dinner, cocktails and late-night menu, Wednesday through Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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