Update: The new Midtown Yacht Club, or rather, Midtown BBQ & Brew, will have its soft opening Monday Thursday Friday, said co-owner Nathan Beveridge. Beveridge's projection last week to open Monday had been "overly optimistic," he wrote in an e-mail. On Wednesday, Beveridge moved the opening again to Friday.
Beveridge has been renovating the bar, a Mt. Vernon institution since the 1980s, since November, when he took over the bar from the previous managers because they owed back taxes.
The big grand opening will be sometime after New Year's, Beveridge said.
Though some people scoffed at the rebranding, Beveridge decided to rename the bar, which had its name since the 80s, because over the years it had acquired "a bad connotation."
In addition to the rebranding, Beveridge has said the new bar will have a BBQ-focused menu and specialize in bourbons instead of rums, as had been the custom at the Yacht Club.
It will also have brand-new hardwood floors and its second and third floors will open during the day as a lounging and cafe area with free wireless Internet.
On Monday, the upstairs will still be closed; Beveridge said it still has a couple more of weeks of work left.
Beveridge ran the Mt. Vernon bar for six years starting in 2000, and sold the business to J.G.J. Center, Inc. in 2006.
J.G.J. started having tax issues at least as early as 2009, according to court records, and appeared before the Baltimore Liquor Board at least three times. In November, the Comptroller of Maryland told the Baltimore Sun the company still owed $49,943 in use and sales taxes because of the Yacht Club.
Beveridge reposessed the business in November.