Urban Landscape: Hammerjacks Seeking Liquor License; Charles Village Pub to Change Hands; Warrington Penthouse Up for Auction; New Art Gallery in Hampden

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An artist’s rendering of the planned location for Hammerjacks, via Design Collective

The developers of Hammerjacks will seek to clear a key development hurdle this month when they appear before Baltimore’s liquor board. They’ll seek to obtain an “arena” license to serve alcoholic beverages for their project at 1300-1320 Russell Street.

The liquor board has scheduled a hearing for May 18 at 11 a.m. in City Hall to consider the application.

The $10 million project is part of an entertainment district taking shape near M&T Bank Stadium and the Horseshoe Casino.

Developers are building the fourth iteration of Hammerjacks on theproperty where the Paradox nightclub used to be. The first Hammerjacks, on S. Howard Street, was torn down to make way for the Camden Yards sports complex.

Plans presented to the city’s design review panel indicate that the Russell Street Hammerjacks will be a combination of new construction and renovation, and the entire complex will have an industrial feel.

An existing two-story building at 1300 Russell Street will be renovated to contain space at street level for a restaurant, craft brewery or sportswear retailer, with offices for Hammerjacks above.

Two other buildings at 1310 and 1320 Russell Street — the former home of Paradox — will be replaced by a concert venue capable of accommodating up to 2,500 people. The venue will be available for conventions and other large gatherings.

The Hammerjacks complex also will include a beer garden, a smaller performance space and a separate indoor bar with room for about 300 people. Design Collective is the architect.

The liquor license applicants are Andrew Hotchiss and Kevin Butler of Hammerjacks Entertainment Group. Both would be 50 percent owners. They are seeking a Class B Arena license, which would authorize the sale of beer, wine and liquor “within the Arena, from one or more outlets, for on-premises consumption.”

To qualify for an arena license in Baltimore City, a property must have a minimum capacity of 1,000 people, as determined by the city’s fire department, and reflect a minimum capital investment of $1 million.

The developers say they are aiming to open Hammerjacks before the end of the year.

The inside of Charles Village Pub.

Charles Village Pub May Change Hands

Potential buyers are seeking to acquire the Charles Village Pub at 3107 St. Paul Street.

Baltimore’s liquor board has scheduled a hearing for sometime after 1 p.m. on May 18 to consider a request to transfer the liquor license to the prospective buyers.

Ford Wilgus is the current liquor license holder.

The applicants are Anthony Romeo-Weir and Michael Barber of Boski Inc., trading as Charles Village Pub. Romeo-Weir would have 99 percent ownership and Barber would have one percent ownership. The applicants are requesting to provide outdoor table service and live entertainment.

According to the liquor board, the pending transaction is a purchase price of the stock of Boski Inc., leading to new ownership. “The purchase price was $500,000. A down payment of $230,000 was made,” according to the liquor board. Another $230,000 is to be paid at closing, and $250,000 is to be financed with a promissory note over 10 years at 5 percent interest, according to documents on file with the liquor board.

More Liquor License Applications

Hammerjacks and the Charles Village Pub are just two of several establishments seeking action from the liquor board on May 18. In other applications:

Gregory Korondi and Matthew Praay of Monument City Brewing Company, a brewery at 1 N. Haven Street, are seeking a Class D liquor license so they can serve alcohol in a tasting room on the premises. They plan to serve beer only, and they don’t plan to serve food. They are also requesting the ability to deliver alcoholic beverages.

Barbara Sommers, Michael Miller and William Kelleher of the Baltimore Kickers Inc. are applying for a for a nonprofit “club” license so they can serve alcohol at 4810 Gunther Avenue. The club was founded in 1953 to promote soccer, German culture and the German language.

Anwar Yousuf and Donald Boardman of Jefferson Square Pizza Inc., trading as Ledo’s Pizza, are applying for a restaurant license at 101 N. Wolfe Street, near the Johns Hopkins medical campus. Adam Carballo is the architect.

Hearing dates have not been set for other applications:

MCC Resort Baltimore License LLC has applied to take over the liquor license for Dick’s Last Resort in the Pier 4 Power Plant at 621 E. Pratt Street. The applicants, Jay Swanson and Marc Buehler, have asked to continue providing live entertainment and outdoor table service.

BPLI LLC, trading as Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, has applied for a new restaurant license with outdoor seating and live entertainment at 819 E. Pratt Street. The applicants are Tatyana Asante and Christopher Palazzi.

Harbor East Parcel D-Rooftop Dining LLC has applied to transfer a restaurant license from 1928 Fleet Street to 400 International Drive in Harbor East, and to provide outdoor table service and live entertainment. The applicant is Laurie Weishron. The business would be named Bygone Restaurant.

Doubles Market and Grill LLC wants to take over a license at 2556 Madison Avenue. The applicants are Breonna Cole, Aisha Pew and Sophia Silbergeld.

Rarely Available Penthouse at The Warrington Up for Auction

A rare opportunity to buy a penthouse at The Warrington condominiums is coming up later this month.

Alex Cooper Auctioneers is conducting an auction of Unit 1301 at The Warrington on May 18 at 1 p.m. The sale will be held on the premises at 3908 N. Charles Street. The residence features about 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a large “wraparound” terrace, 360-degree views of the city, an eat-in gourmet kitchen, parking and multiple wood-burning fireplaces.

The opening bid is $600,000.

Haliburton Sold for $1.2 Million on Charles Street

The Haliburton, a Tudor-style apartment building at 1301 N. Charles Street in Midtown, has been sold for $1.2 million. Constructed in 1840 and last renovated in 2016, the building contains five apartments and three retail spaces.

Justin Verner and Brooks Healy of SVN RealSite arranged the sale and represented the seller, Castle Management. The buyer is an investor from Washington D.C.

This sale was a “prime example of a DC area buyer seeking a well-located, turnkey asset, but with a higher yield than available in their local market,” Verner said in a statement. “The newly renovated condition and location adjacent to the University of Baltimore were major drivers of this transaction.”

Fells Point Art Gallery Moves to Hampden

The Art Gallery of Fells Point, previously at 1926 Fleet Street, has moved to 825 W. 36th Street in Hampden. It’s now called Art Gallery of Fells Point on the Avenue. A grand reopening reception will be held on Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Midtown Deli Opening in Padonia Centre

Dave Pulford, operator of the food trucks Upslidedown Dave and The Sultan, is opening a brick-and-mortar dining spot called Midtown Deli later this month on the ground floor of Padonia Centre, 30 E. Padonia Road in Timonium. Pulfor, who is president of the Maryland Mobile Food Vending Association, will continue to operate the food trucks in addition to the new deli. Hill Management Services owns snd manages Padonia Centre.

Community Meeting Scheduled Today on Towson Royal Farms Gas Station and Store

A community meeting on plans to build a Royal Farms gas station and store at York Road and Bosley Avenue will be held today, May 8, starting at 7 p.m. at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 N. Charles Street.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts writes Urban Landscape on Mondays in the Baltimore Fishbowl. He is the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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