Hampden’s upscale Bluebird Cocktail Room is ready to pull back the curtain on its lower-level concept, with plans to open on Friday, May 10.
The former Apostolic Truth Tabernacle church on the 1000 block of W. 36th Street is now CO-BALT Workspace, a co-working office building along The Avenue in Hampden.
It also happens to be the home of Baltimore Fishbowl, and the new owners are throwing a party with free food and drinks on April 26 that’s open to the public. Neighborhood favorites like Food Market, Luigi’s Italian Deli, Cafe Hon and Sweet Side Cafe will all be represented in the food spread.
This April, meet your friends and Live Baltimore at Waverly Brewing for the I Love City Life Happy Hour. Slated for Friday, April 5, enjoy some good beer, good friendship and good conversation from 5-8pm. For a $10 donation you will receive one glass and one draft beer. Cheers!
When you ask merchants and residents of Hampden what makes their neighborhood a great place to open a business, grow a family or just to live day-to-day, the answer is always the same.
“It’s a unique blend of artists, working class people, general Baltimore weirdos and business owners all mixing together with new residents and visitors,” said Benn Ray, co-owner of Atomic Books on Falls Road and president of the Hampden Village Merchants Association, a group of about 150 merchants that promote the neighborhood’s business interests. “[Hampden] is a neighborhood with a lot of character and community.”
Bluebird Cocktail Room’s subterranean sibling will pour its final cappuccinos and spritzes this weekend, as the operators plan to shut it down after Sunday’s breakfast and lunch service.
Baltimore restaurateur Charlie Gjerde says his team is “coming down the home stretch” for its anticipated Papi’s Tacos location in Hampden, and is tentatively eyeing an opening in mid-March.
The starting line is near for Nepenthe Brewing Co. After about a year and a half of construction and outfitting the business’ sprawling new space at 3626 Falls Road, co-owner Brian Arnold said he should finish kegging the first four beers to be served there by the end of this weekend.
The True Vine Record Shop, a Hampden-based record store that has been recognized as one of the nation’s best for its eclectic offerings and shelf space for experimental genres, says it is being forced out of its Hickory Avenue storefront by an unlikely foe: the Golden West Cafe, a funky Tex-Mex restaurant around the corner, on W. 36th Street.
Golden West Cafe, the eclectic restaurant serving Southwestern food in Hampden for the last two decades, is taking on new investors with an eye toward expanding its current space on The Avenue and possibly opening other locations, co-owner Samantha Claassen said.