The Bel Air restaurant formerly known as Freddie's Bar & Grill could be making a comeback soon, this time as an eatery called Steelefish Grille.
The blue building at the corner of Tollgate Road and Boulton Street, near Harford Mall, has sported the large Steelefish sign for some time and is set to open within a month, according to Jay Young, the lawyer representing the new operators, members of the Steele family who were also involved with the Hickory Lodge north of Bel Air.
Its owner has a building permit for renovations, Bel Air Planning and Zoning Director Kevin Small said. According to state tax records, the property is owned by Boulton Street LLC.
“Most of the changes seem to be interior and cosmetic,” Small said about the work. “They are well along in addressing all of their issues, as far as the inspections go.”
“We are just waiting for a use and occupancy request and have not gotten one yet,” Small said.
The owner also applied recently for a beer, wine and liquor sales license. It was accepted for processing June 2, the administrator for the Harford County Liquor Control board confirmed.
Freddie's Bar & Grill, which had been a popular pirate-themed restaurant and night spot, closed in April 2013 after reporting a conflict among its ownership group to the liquor board.
One owner informed the board by letter he had bowed out of the group, while another told the board there were management and other business issues that couldn't be resolved and the business would close. The group did not reapply for a liquor license that spring.
According to Young, Freddie's had been owned by members of the Carullo and the Steele families.
The Steeles have continued to operate the Lodge in Hickory since April 2013.
The Steeles have a hearing scheduled with the liquor board on the Steelefish license by the end of the month, he said.
They are effectively applying for a new license because of the complications from the previous license, he explained, saying the theme will change, but the restaurant is still expected to have evening hours and a nighttime presence.
“Steelefish is more of a seafood restaurant,” Young said, adding he believes the owners want the interior to “look totally different.”