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Sandlot, the popular beach bar and recreation area at Harbor Point in Baltimore, will open for a sixth season next month with a new location and new operators.

Beatty Development Group, the master developer of Harbor Point, announced today that a grand reopening of the seasonal attraction is set for Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28, to Monday, May 30.

Bar Movement will be taking over Sandlot operations for 2022. Its owners and operators, John and Mary Miller, “will bring a new flavor to Sandlot this season with a fun and creative fresh bar program supported by rotating local favorite food truck offerings and guest-chef appearances throughout the warmer months,” Beatty said in its announcement.

Sandlot started in 2017 as a joint venture of Beatty and restaurateurs Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka of Foodshed Restaurant Group. The idea was to create a temporary attraction that would help draw people to the Harbor Point waterfront until the area was ready for construction. It has always been a seasonal operation, opening around Memorial Day and closing after Labor Day.

Beatty executives weren’t sure the area would be available this year because construction is beginning on several major projects at Harbor Point, including a new headquarters for T. Rowe Price. The developers decided to shift the location to the far western side of the 27-acre Harbor Point property, facing downtown and the city skyline, and that provided room away from the construction zone.

To take advantage of the west-facing location, the Millers are introducing “Sunset Beach at Sandlot,” capitalizing on the site’s “golden hour” views of downtown and the sunsets visible from Harbor Point.

Bar Movement will serve a mix of craft cocktails, canned beer, and non-alcoholic options out of the retrofitted shipping containers and classic Airstream trailer from past seasons. Three sand volleyball courts have been relocated and will host beach volleyball and cornhole leagues operated by Volo City Sports. Additional weeknight and weekend programming is still being finalized and will be announced soon on

“Sandlot is by far the most unique spot to enjoy the sunset in Baltimore,” the Millers said in a statement. “It’s got a great laid-back vibe and unbeatable view. Bar Movement is excited to be part of this next chapter for Sandlot, and we’re looking forward to introducing a fresh new flair to the space.”

Located between Harbor East and historic Fell’s Point, Harbor Point is a 27-acre mixed-use neighborhood with a planned three million square feet of retail, residential, office, and hotel uses, as well as 9.5 acres of open space. In addition to the T. Rowe Price headquarters, construction is starting this year on 550 apartments, 1,250 parking spaces, a hotel and ground level retail space.

“We just can’t quit Sandlot,” said Michael Beatty, President of Beatty Development Group. “The future of Sandlot is one of the questions we’ve gotten asked about the most since last season ended. We know people love it and throughout the development of Harbor Point over the past year, we’ve continued to stay open to the idea of keeping the spirit of Sandlot alive and well. We’re excited to bring it back for a while longer.”

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.

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