Sandlot will close the weekend of Sept. 24 and 25, but it’s unclear whether the seasonal bar will be back in 2023. Photo courtesy of Sandlot/Instagram.

Sandlot, the seasonal bar that brings the beach to Baltimore, will serve its last cocktails in less than two weeks.

A spokesman for the 27-acre Harbor Point community said Sandlot will close for the season after the weekend of Sept. 24 and 25.

Sandlot started in 2017 as a joint venture of Beatty Development Group, the lead developer of Harbor Point, and restaurateur Spike Gjerde and his colleagues at Foodshed LLC. This year it moved to a different location within Harbor Point, 1299 Dock St., and was run by John and Mary Miller of Bar Movement and branded as Sunset Beach at Sandlot.

The idea has been to take advantage of undeveloped land at Harbor Point to create a temporary attraction that would draw people to the area until it was ready for construction. This year, construction has begun on several major projects, including a new global headquarters for T. Rowe Price, 500 apartments, 1,250 parking spaces, ground-level retail space and a 152-key extended stay hotel.

Sandlot’s hours are Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

Chris Seiler, director of marketing and communications for Beatty, said it’s unclear whether Sandlot will be back in 2023.

“As we said at the start of this season back in May, we envision this iteration of Sandlot being only a 1-2 year operation, depending on the progress of the rest of the development,” he said in an email message. “We’ll be taking a look at things this fall and then we’ll make a decision.”

Even if Sandlot doesn’t return, Harbor Point will still have a large outdoor gathering spot for residents and visitors. The community’s master plan calls for a 4.5-acre public space called Point Park to be created just west of the T. Rowe Price headquarters, and it will feature the same sweeping harbor views that Sandlot does.

The former James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant, which closed in December 2020, has since been purchased by the Atlas Restaurant Group. Baltimore’s liquor board approved a liquor license for the new Irish pub, whose name has not yet been disclosed. Screenshot via Google Maps.

Restaurant liquor licenses approved for ventures in Harbor East, south Baltimore, Waverly and Locust Point

At its meeting on Sept. 8, Baltimore’s liquor board approved a liquor license for a restaurant to replace the James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant at 616 S. President St. in Harbor East.

The applicant was James Joyce Baltimore LLC., including Aaron Taylor, corporate chef of the Atlas Restaurant Group, and Alex Smith of Atlas. A name for the restaurant was not disclosed. Smith told the board the new venture would be an Irish pub and that his group aims to open it within a month. Minimum investment: More than $700,000. Minimum seating capacity: 150 people.

“James Joyce was closed during the pandemic in December of 2020. It sat vacant for two years in the Harbor East neighborhood,” Smith said. “We intend to revive it as an Irish pub but remodel on the inside with a large capital investment, new team, new chef, and hope to invigorate the area.”

At the same meeting, the liquor board approved: a restaurant license for Top Golf USA Baltimore, an attraction nearing completion at 1411 Warner St. south of M&T Bank Stadium; a restaurant license for the new location of Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, 3128 Greenmount Ave.; a restaurant license for Mindpub, an existing business at 554 E. Fort Ave. that didn’t previously have a liquor license; and a restaurant license for Kneads Bakeshop, 506 S. Central Ave., a new venture from the family that runs H&S Bakery.

Lady in the Lake production seeks extras

After halting filming briefly last month, producers of the Lady in the Lake limited series are filming around Baltimore again and looking for extras.

4 Star Casting has put out a call for paid extras, both union and non-union, representing all ethnicities and ages. The Apple TV+ production, based on the bestseller by Laura Lippman, is expected to continue filming into October. For more information, contact

Developer Mark Sapperstein honored

Headshot of developer Mark Sapperstein, chief executive officer of 28 Walker Development.

Developer Mark Sapperstein, chief executive officer of 28 Walker Development, will receive the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Baltimore District Council of the Urban Land Institute at its Wavemaker Awards ceremony at Port Covington on Oct. 6.

Sapperstein’s projects include McHenry Row in Locust Point; The Shops at Canton Crossing in East Baltimore; Wheelhouse in Federal Hill; an 814-unit town house community in Port Covington, tentatively called Waterside Port Covington; and one of the city’s first heavy timber office buildings at 4010 Boston St.

Made in Baltimore “Lookbook” launch party

Made in Baltimore, a program of the Baltimore Development Corporation, will have a free launch party this week for its 2022 “Lookbook,” featuring hundreds of products made by more than 60 Made in Baltimore members.

The party will take place at Whitehall Mill, 3300 Clipper Mill Road, on Friday, Sept. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Spots can be reserved through Eventbrite. More information is available at

Hord Coplan Macht expands

Hord Coplan Macht, already one of Baltimore’s largest architecture firms, announced this week that it has acquired FWA Group, an architecture firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

FWA is known for its expertise in health care and education-related design, among other strengths. The acquisition gives Hord Coplan Macht its first South Carolina office, in Hilton Head Island. Besides its headquarters at 700 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore, Hord Coplan Macht has offices in Alexandria, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, N. C. Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.

Roland Park Place forms partnership with Medstar Health

Roland Park Place, an upscale retirement community at 830 W. 40th St. in North Baltimore, has formed a partnership with Medstar Health, operator of Medstar Union Memorial Hospital at 201 E. University Parkway and health facilities in the region.

Under the arrangement, Medstar will provide medical services to Roland Park Place residents in the community’s on-site Ambulatory Care Center and Health Care Center. The partnership will also help ensure a “consistent continuum of care” for Roland Park Place residents, administrators say, by streamlining communications between Roland Park Place and Union Memorial or other MedStar Health facilities for the transfer of records and coordination of care, in case a resident needs to be hospitalized.

Last year, Roland Park Place expanded by opening an eight-story addition with 58 luxury apartments. “As the community grows, we want to be sure we can provide adequate coverage for any residents who wish to utilize our clinic services, and our connection with MedStar Health will ensure our continuing ability to provide those services,” said Roland Park Place President Sam Guedouar, in a statement.

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Ed Gunts

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