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Shipyard Pub coming to Canton

A new neighborhood pub is sailing into Canton.

Shipyard Pub is under construction at 3500 O’Donnell St., the former home of Lears II.

Aaron Hammons and Sam Wyatt, childhood friends, are partnering on the project. Wyatt, who will serve as the pub’s general manager, has worked in the restaurant industry for 20 years and run establishments including Davis’ Pub in Annapolis and Obrycki’s in Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Hammons has a background in government contracting and cyber security.

“The community bar and restaurant has always been a dream of mine,” Hammons said, adding he’d been looking in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., for a location for three or four years.

Through Shipyard Pub, they said they hope to create a community-centered bar with a “prohibition theme.”

“We want to kind of create a neighborhood feel but we also want to keep the history in the location,” Hammons said.

Wyatt said in an email the menu will be “pub-centric,” offering fresh, locally sourced pub fare such as "Dark -n- Stormy BBQ Wings" and Natty Boh bacon beer cheese.

The bar will focus on bourbon and rum, as well as craft cocktails and about six draft lines of rotating craft beer.

Drinks will run about $4-$12, Hammons expects, with food priced from about $8-$18.

Hammons said Shipyard Pub will host special nights for hospital workers, teachers, law enforcement and government contractors.

Ultimately the 1,200-square-foot pub will seat about 40 patrons.

The space is undergoing demolition — fully gutting the first floor of the building. Hammons said he expects demolition to be complete by the end of the week to prepare for a “total facelift inside and out.”

Following construction, the owners hope to open by September.

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