Yard House, a bar and restaurant that boasts more than 100 taps, is heading to Harborplace.
The Long Beach, Calif.-based restaurant will move into the first-floor space in the Light Street Pavilion previously occupied by J. Paul's. Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, executive secretary for the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners, confirmed Yard House has applied for a liquor license transfer for the space.
The restaurant would be the chain's first in Maryland. Its next closest location is in Springfield, Va.
Yard House's menu is as extensive as its beer list, with offerings including truffle fries, sushi, salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks and seafood.
The restaurant is a subsidiary of Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants, a group that also includes the Capital Grille, Seasons 52 and Olive Garden.
J. Paul's closed in October 2014, and the space has been vacant since. Yard House's addition would mark another change in the Light Street Pavilion, where Hooters is moving its second-floor operation to the ground level.
Both Harborplace pavilions along Pratt and Light streets are slated for a facelift as part of owner Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp.'s effort to revitalize the stale properties. The group is working to restore the buildings as destinations for tourists and local residents.