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Das Bierhalle will open a second bar and restaurant, replacing a popular Bel Air spot

Das Bierhalle will take over the building belonging to Black Eyed Suzie's on Bel Air's Main Street.

Das Bierhalle, Parkville’s German-style bar and restaurant, will expand to Harford County in the new year.

The beer hall has plans to take over Black Eyed Suzie’s, a popular Bel Air spot, in early 2023, Das Bierhalle co-owner Scott Bauer said this week.

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“It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to see if we can take our concept and put it in a bigger space,” he said.

In Bel Air, Das Bierhalle will have a rooftop bar and deck and a “dramatically bigger” kitchen that can accommodate a longer menu. Bauer said he expects to add some “healthier” and gluten-free options, as well as an expanded wine list.

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Diners who have already raised a pint at the Parkville location can also expect to find many of the same offerings in Bel Air, including more than 30 beers on tap, as well as a vast selection of bottled and canned brews. The bar menu will also have a generous selection of crushes in more than two dozen flavors, priced at $6 for a 32-ounce serving.

This will be a second location for Das Bierhalle, which will also keep its “home base” on Harford Road. Bauer said the beer hall’s success in Baltimore County inspired him and his partners in the restaurant to branch out.

“We felt like we had a pretty good business model that’s proven at this point, and we’re happy with how things have evolved,” he said.

Black Eyed Suzie’s will remain open for another month, through Jan. 29, according to a Facebook post from owner Brian Acquavella, who said he is ready to step away from the daily grind of the restaurant industry after 22 years in the business. He opened Black Eyed Suzie’s on Bel Air’s Main Street in 2016, in a building that has a reputation as a “cursed” spot, based on the restaurant’s long list of predecessors.

In his announcement, Acquavella said Black Eyed Suzie’s “broke that darn curse,” “thrived during COVID” and “enjoyed our best year ever in 2022.”

“It has been over 6 years of fun on Main Street, but I believe it’s the right time in my life for me to allow someone else to carry on the enthusiasm myself and my team have displayed for so long,” he wrote.

Bauer also shrugged off the idea of a curse on the building he’ll be taking over next year.

“It’s not an easy game to operate a restaurant,” he said. “Concepts come and go, things work or don’t work. It’s nothing about being cursed.”


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