Pratt Street Ale House will be twice its size by April 6, part-owner Justin Dvorkin said Thursday afternoon.
Dvorkin was at the Baltimore Liquor Board, where he successfully lobbied to expand his brewpub's liquor license to include the space next door, which once housed The Nest and Downtown Sports Exchange.
Pratt Street has been working on an expansion for a year, since it started leasing the space that had been vacated by The Nest.
Though the occassional private party had been held there, Dvorkin promises the expansion will give it a full face-lift.
"The Nest was a little rough around the edges," he said. "Now, it's going to be brand new." He expects the new area, which is four stories, will be unveiled by St. Patrick's Day or, at the latest, Opening Day.
The expansion includes two full-service bars with 24 draft-lines each, a brand-new oak bar on the first floor, as well as new hard-wood floors and new flat-screens.
It will be used mainly to accomodate private parties and spill-overs during big events in the Inner Harbor. Until now, whenever conferences were held at the convention center, the restaurant was overwhelmed, Dvorkin said.
That won't be a problem now. With the added space, Pratt Street Ale House will be 24,000 square feet, twice its current size.
On Thursday, the liquor board also approved the expansion of ourdoor dining service to the restaurant's two extra patios, which Dvorkin thinks gives the brewpub the biggest outdoor dining area in the city.
Also on Thursday at the Liquor Board, neighbors who opposed the transfer of a liquor store's license got some extra muscle from city councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.
Sushma Sharma appeared before the board to get the license of the liquor store at 2610 Harford Road, which has been in the area for over three decades. But neighbors said keeping the store open would incite crime. Instead, they told the board, they would like to see it close or become something else.
Clarke told the board she was concerned about "the cumulative effect on this community of too many bars." The board agreed with her. It denied the transfer.