Under Armour brings in new president; Plank remains CEO

New Mission BBQ open at Annapolis City Dock

Phil Davis
Contact Reporterpdavis@capgaznews.com
Glen Burnie-based chain to celebrate grand opening of Annapolis location on June 27

When Stevens Hardware closed in December 2012, after serving downtown Annapolis for decades, then-candidate for mayor Mike Pantelides said bringing another business to the storefront would be a priority.

Almost four years later, Mission BBQ has opened at 142 Dock St. as the restaurant chain’s second establishment in Annapolis. There was a soft opening Friday and Saturday, with a ribbon-cutting planned for noon Monday.

Mission BBQ owner Bill Kraus said the City Dock location will differentiate itself from its Somerville Road sibling.

“First and foremost, we wanted to make sure the integrity of the downtown, the historic nature” stays intact, Kraus said.

He said the building features many mementos of years past and Annapolis’ ties to the Naval Academy. Old family photos of the Stevens family will be hung throughout the restaurant, and the decor will honor the Stevens tradition.

“If these walls could talk, they’d stories of service,” Kraus said. “Some of the things within will speak to the heroes that either have or are serving the community of Annapolis as first responders” or members of the military.

It ia also be the chain’s first “double-decker location,” Kraus said, with seating both upstairs and downstairs.

The opening has been a long time coming.

Royal Farms spent more than a year trying to convince the city to allow it to open a deli at the site. In March 2015, the Annapolis Board of Appeals rejected that plan, ruling the Baltimore-based convenience store operator failed to meet the definition of a delicatessen required for a special exception to the City Code.

Mission BBQ showed interest in the site. The company was in the middle of a two-year expansion that saw the Glen Burnie-based chain grow from two stores in 2013 to 18 in 2015.

At the time, the business community was anxious to get new tenants for both the former Stevens building and a vacant structure at 110 Compromise St., the former home of Fawcett Boat Supply.

Kraus said his new business has already begun to integrate itself into the downtown community. It hosted a charity night for the Annapolis Fire Department on Wednesday. All the proceeds of the soft opening on Saturday will go to helping military veterans and their families.

“We don’t think there’s a better fit for downtown Annapolis,” Kraus said.

Copyright © 2017, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad
59°