Following a renovation, the Remington dive bar Long John’s Pub will reopen as 29th Street Tavern next week, owner Aaron Reinhart tells Baltimore Magazine’s Jess Mayhugh.
Those worrying about the classic gut-job-to-new-yuppie-spot move, fear not. Reinhart says he did work with an eye toward keep things the same.
“I didn’t want to change too much about it—I just wanted to change the cleanliness,” Reinhart tells Baltimore Magazine. “I know some people are worried about Long John’s changing. But I want to maintain the history.”
And Reinhart knows what it takes to run a great local bar: He also owns Swallow at the Hollow in Belvedere. To him, both spaces had a similar feel.
“They were both two combined buildings, both had that same crappy-looking carpet you’d stick to if you tried to take a step, same neon,” he says. “Both should fill that role of the perfect neighborhood watering hole.”
The menu will have classic bar fare: “burgers, wings, and cheesesteaks, and new additions like a Powerhouse wrap,” writes Mayhugh. And the only beers Reinhart has on the draught list so far are National Bohemian and Monument City 51 Rye, his two top-sellers at Swallow at the Hollow.