Four years after the Ostrowski's Polish Homemade Sausage shop changed hands from the family that owned it for nearly a century, its days as a sausage house are coming to a close as new buyers plan to transform the space into homes.
Delaware-based Treasure Protection Management Inc. bought the building at 524 S. Washington St. in December. Michael Daley, the firm's president, said he's working with the city's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation and is in the process of transforming the space into two rowhouses.
The Fells Point sausage shop opened in 1919 and was owned by the Ostrowski family until it was sold to John Reusing in 2013. Reusing also owns Bad Decisions, a bar that until last summer was located next door to the sausage shop, at the corner of Fleet and Washington streets. After relocating in August to 701 S. Bond St., Bad Decisions closed last month.
Reusing kept many of the original Polish sausage recipes and added some of his own when he took over Ostrowki's, but the shop closed last year.
As Daley's group looks to transform the space to houses, he said he will look to honor its history as a sausage shop.
Much of the original equipment was still in the space when Treasure Protection Management bought it, including a smoker, refrigerator and other remnants of its sausage-making days.
"We’re trying to as much as possible retain the history of the place," Daley said, adding he wants to give the homes "a sausage kind of design."
A separate sausage shop in Fells Point, Ostrowski's of Bank Street, is still in business. That space at 1801 Bank St. opened in 1976 following an Ostrowski family dispute.