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Hampden restaurant Avenue Kitchen and Bar to add second bar

Hampden restaurant Avenue Kitchen and Bar to add second bar
The exterior of Avenue Kitchen and Bar photographed in September. The space is being renovated and a second bar is being added to the street-level of the restaurant. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

Hampden restaurant Avenue Kitchen and Bar is in the process of adding a second bar.

Located on 36th Street, Avenue Kitchen and Bar is building out a second bar near its street-level entrance, said co-owner Patrick Dahlgren. Its opening, which should happen by the end of the week, will add a full-service granite bar to the establishment's Sidebar section, a small cafe, he said.

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Construction has included knocking down the brick façade near the entrance. When the build-out is finished, Avenue will have 16 to 18 seats outside and 20 seats inside the Sidebar area, according to Dahlgren, who opened the restaurant with co-owner Bill Irvin last July.

The renovation is an attempt to "improve our street presence," Dahlgren said. The restaurant's main area is located in the basement, so adding a bar to the space visible to walkers-by is a logical step, he said. He believes having more activity near the entrance will draw more customers into the restaurant.

"The whole hidden downstairs is cool up to a point," Dahlgren said. "But you can look into all these places [on 36th Street] and see it busy with people, and people enjoy that."

Before Avenue Kitchen and Bar, the space at 911 W. 36th St. was Le Garage, a bistro that served craft beer and steak frites. Le Garage previously used the Sidebar space as an on-the-go fry shop.

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