Five months ago, a multi-alarm fire destroyed the Mt. Washington Tavern, a long-time neighborhood staple. Today, owners Dave Lichty and Rob Frisch released the sketch, below, of the new and improved Tavern, to re-open in the late fall/early winter. Architect Walter Schamu of SMG Architects, whose portfolio includes the rebuild of the B&O Railroad Museum, the Hippodrome Performing Arts Center and the Bromo Seltzer Tower, and Jim Macko of Kodiak Construction whose resume includes Clipper City Brewery Company and Mustang Alley will re-build the restaurant.
“After the devastating loss we knew we wanted to go with an architect and builder who would not compromise the historic nature and personality of the tavern. This establishment has meant so much to so many for more than 30 years. We quickly recognized that the talent of Walter and his team along with Jim Macko are the perfect fit to accomplish this,” says Rob Frisch, co-owner, Mt. Washington Tavern.
In the days following the fire, hundreds of social media comments from across the coountry made it clear to the owners that the Baltimore institution holds a special place in the hearts of its patrons.
“The outpouring of support was unbelievable,” says Dave Lichty, co-owner of the Tavern. “We knew this was a special place but to see hundreds post their sympathy and memories on Facebook is truly what got many of us through those first few days after the fire. We vowed on that day to rebuild and we look forward to sharing Tavern 2.0, as many like to refer to it, with our loyal customers.”
The Tavern has worked with the construction/architecture teams to create a special bricks project to support the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. The Tavern invites the community to “own” a piece of the Tavern by purchasing a commemorative brick that will be placed along the entrance to the restaurant. Each custom brick will cost $75 with proceeds supporting the neighboring hospital. They hope to raise $30,000 for the hospital.
Continued construction updates can be found on the Mt. Washington Tavern Facebook page at facebook.com/mtwashtavern.
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