In 2016, a friend of Aaron Reinhart’s recommended he check out the for-sale building in Remington that housed Long John’s Pub.
Impressed by the comforting, old-school space, the Timonium resident looked outside and saw “mega-cranes” constructing what would soon become R. House food hall and the mixed-use Remington Row. Reinhart was sold.
“To get a decent property a block away, I thought, was a no-brainer,” said Reinhart, who described the neighborhood as “up and coming.”
Reinhart — who also owns Swallow at the Hollow near Belvedere Square — plans to open the rebranded corner bar, now known as 29th Street Tavern, early next week. (He hopes to open 11 a.m. Tuesday or Wednesday, he said.)
Once launched, the bar (located at 398 W. 29th St.) will be open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Reinhart operated Long John’s for a couple of months after purchasing it in August 2016, before it closed for renovations. It became clear to him, he said, that the casual vibe didn’t need to change.
“It’s always been the neighborhood watering hole, and I didn’t want to lose that part of it,” he said.
Long John’s regulars will notice a difference next week, though: “The cleanliness,” Reinhart said with a chuckle. “It was filthy.”
They’ll likely notice the hardwood floors have replaced the carpet, and the once-wood-paneled walls are now knotty pine and brick, he said. Most striking of all, Reinhart said, will be the return of a kitchen — something missing from Long John’s in recent years.
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Expect “bar food done well,” the owner said, with items like burgers, cheesesteaks and “veggie options” Reinhart thinks some Remington residents will want. He’s also bringing flagship items from Swallow at the Hollow, including the spicy honey ghost wings that impressed chef Guy Fieri on his Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
“That kind of put us on the map in a very positive way,” Reinhart said.
One thing that won’t change is the bar’s approachability when it comes to alcohol, he said. Reinhart expects to offer between 50 and 60 bottled beers, along with two draft options (National Bohemian and Monument City Brewing 51 Rye). Don’t expect complicated concoctions, either.
Brendan Dorr and Eric Fooy, the bartenders behind Hotel Monaco’s award-winning B&O American Brasserie, plan to open up a new gin bar in Old Goucher at the end of Spring 2018. The bar, Dutch Courage, will occupy a space at 2220 North Charles Street next to WYPR, Dorr confirmed Friday morning.
“I just want to open a normal bar,” he said. “It’s almost kitschy now, because there’s so many places that force their over-bittered, five-minute [to make], relatively expensive cocktails. … There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that stuff, but to go to a bar and just get a Budweiser seems to be obsolete these days. That’s what I want to do.”