Bullhead Pit Beef opens stall in Cross Street Market

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Bullhead Pit Beef owner Larry Jackson stands in front of his food truck. Bullhead opened a stall at Cross Street Market today after the coronavirus pandemic delayed their plans nearly four months. Photo courtesy of Bullhead Pit Beef

After 10 years of selling grilled meats from a food truck, Bullhead Pit Beef opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant today at Cross Street Market, market owners Caves Valley Partners and CANAdev announced.

The restaurant was originally slated to open at the market in March, but Bullhead owner Larry Jackson told Baltimore Fishbowl that the coronavirus put their plans on hold.

“The shutdown pretty much stopped all of my vendors, so it was pretty impossible for me to get a lot of stuff,” Jackson said. “Also, we slowed down because we weren’t sure what coronavirus was and opening up in the middle of coronavirus wasn’t advisable.”

Now that Maryland has lifted some restrictions on restaurants, and Cross Street Market has implemented safety precautions, Bullhead’s restaurant is open for business.

Jackson started selling pit beef in 2010, equipped with just a grill and a pickup truck.

He later upgraded to a food truck in 2015, and Howard Magazine voted it the best food truck in Howard County last year.

Jackson has gravitated to Baltimore ever since he was a child, seeing a sense of community that he one day wanted to join.

Now, he’s making the dream a reality with the stall at Cross Street Market in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood.

“So far, everybody’s been very welcoming,” he told Baltimore Fishbowl. “It’s been a great day so far and I think people are very happy to have a new type of barbecue in the area. We are just happy to be part of the Federal Hill community.”

Customers can expect a “quintessentially Baltimore menu” from Bullhead’s market location, including pit beef, pit turkey, pulled pork, pulled brisket, garlic fries, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, burnt ends and bacon bites, according to a news release.

Bullhead Pit Beef, the 18th vendor at Cross Street Market, will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the market’s western side. The stall is located between Old Line Cocktail & Wine Bar and Phubs.

Other Cross Street Market vendors include Annoula’s Kitchen, Cans Filling Station, Ceremony Coffee, Fenwick’s Choice Meats, Gangster Vegan, Ono Poké, Pizza Di Joey, Rice Crook, Rooster + Hen, Royal Farms Chicken, Sobeachy, Southside Burger Bar, Steve’s Lunch, Taco Love Grill.

Taharka Brothers will begin selling ice cream at the market next month, replacing the stall occupied by longtime Cross Street vendor The Sweet Shoppe. Sweet Shoppe owner Pete Pittas announced earlier this month that he will be retiring and closing his stall after 32 years at the market, the Baltimore Business Journal reported.

The market’s owners will soon announce another tenant who will be joining the market later this summer, according to the news release.

Before it reopened, the Cross Street Market was deep cleaned and disinfected, all tables larger than a four-top were removed, and the remaining furniture was spaced at least six feet apart, the news release said.

The market is also sanitizing tables and chairs between every use; is frequently sanitizing door handles, restrooms and other public touch points; has installed hand sanitizer dispensers at all entrances; and made sanitizing wipes available at all seating areas.

Cross Street is requiring all employees to wear a face covering and pass a temperature check before every shift. The market has also placed signage to advise customers to wear face coverings unless seated and eating or drinking, practice social distancing, and regularly wash their hands, the news release said.

Bullhead announced back in January that they were planning to open a carryout location at Hysteria Brewing Co. in Columbia. Jackson said they are still finishing construction on that project, but they hope to be open by August.

Marcus Dieterle

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