An artist's illustration, created by Sanders Designs and posted at the construction site, shows what Charles Village Pub will look like when reconstruction is complete sometime in March

An artist's illustration, created by Sanders Designs and posted at the construction site, shows what Charles Village Pub will look like when reconstruction is complete sometime in March (Sanders Designs)

Update April 17: CVP has set the official opening date as April 23, after a week or so in soft mode, reports Explore Baltimore County. That's a month later than co-owner Rick Bielski had anticipated in early March, when he last spoke out about the reconstruction's progress.

Towson's Charles Village Pub, closed for over year after a devastating fire, expects to re-open by month's end, owner Rick Bielski said Tuesday.

The pub, a favorite of Towson residents and college students, was struck by a catastrophic, two-alarm fire January 2011 that required some 100 firefighters to put out.

Reconstruction started last summer, but was delayed by weather complications. More recently, though, the renovation has been helped by the unusually warm winter.

Bielski, who co-owns with Melanie and Eric Wagner, now expects a March 31 soft opening with a grand re-opening a couple of weeks later.

"The fact that we're re-opening 14 months after the fire is the result of a lot of hard work," he said. The bar's re-opening will still be a month later than Bielski had promised in January

Reconstruction is almost finished, Bielski said, with the entire building already under roof, including the patio, which is heated and air-conditioned. The next couple of weeks will be about finishing touches.

When CVP re-opens it will look like an updated version of the bar regulars remember. The front bar, for starters, has been expanded and a rooftop deck has been added to the second floor.

The dinner menu, which is almost finished, will now feature entrees in addition to some of the pub grub the bar was well known for, Bielski said.

At the bar, Bielski promised 20 beers on draft, most of them popular domestics and imports. "We're still be catering to the Towson University area," he said. "It won't be a bunch of craft beers."