Federal Taphouse, a Pennsylvania-based tavern with locations in Lancaster and Harrisburg, is headed across the Mason-Dixon line. A third location of Federal Taphouse will open this summer in the Ann Street Wharf building in Fells Point.
Fells Point already has its share of watering holes and taverns. It even has its own taphouse, the long-running Max's Taphouse on Broadway, just a few blocks away from the Ann Street site. But Federal Taphouse co-owner Corey Fogarty said there's room in Fells Point for another.
"We want to be one more great offering in Fells Point," Fogarty said. "Max’s is a fixture in Fells Point. I go there and I still will. We want to be complimentary to Max's not competitive."
Federal Taphouse will be offering a full tavern menu of made-from-scratch, locally sourced food.
"There will be more of a seafood profile in Baltimore than in our other locations," Fogarty said.
Fogarty said the tavern's name was inspired by the setting of the Harrisburg location, which opened in 2012 in the former First Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. building in the capital's Center City district.
Federal Taphouse will occupy space in the Ann Street Wharf building that has formerly been used for offices. Other restaurant tenants in the waterside building, which sits on the Ann Street pier that extends past Thames Street, include Nanami Cafe and V-No Wine Bar.
Fogarty said Federal Taphouse is scheduled for a September opening.