New cocktail bar Frederick's on Fleet Street coming to Fells
Tyson's Tavern in Fells Point (Barbara Haddock-Taylor)
To be called Frederick's on Fleet Street, the bar replaces Tyson's Tavern, which closed last year. The general manager and part-owner is Jim Saufley, a longtime bartender and part-time boxing coach.
The anticipated opening date is April 1.
Like Rye, Frederick's will focus on craft cocktails - originals by Saufley and his own take on vintage cocktails. Saufley has been a corporate bartender, for Marriott hotels, for 18 years and is a member of the new Baltimore Bartenders' Guild.
He and his business partner, Eric Butterfield, have been renovating the small bar - it holds about 100 people - since last October, when they bought the business. The liquor license was transferred in early February.
"I want it to look like a 1940s and 1950s bar," Saufley says. Its walls will feature lots of black-and-white pictures and in a personal touch, portraits of famed Baltimore boxers like Joe Gans and Harry Jeffra.
Saufley anticipates the modern cocktail menu will feature between eight and ten drinks, including what he says is his most popular cocktail, a blueberry mojito made with vodka instead of rum, as is customary.
There will be six beers on draft. Prices should be under $10 for cocktails and beers, Saufley said.
The bar will also feature a modest dinner menu. "Comfort food at a nice price," Saufley says.
After three and a half years in business, Tyson's closed in the Fall of 2010 over soft business, then owner Dean Zlomke said. The building is said to be 100 years old and one of the original sites of National Brewing Company.