Woodberry Kitchen will reopen as Woodberry Tavern this fall. Photo credit: Scott Suchman.

Spike Gjerde’s Woodberry Kitchen will become Woodberry Tavern when it reopens this fall, according to postings on its website.

“Woodberry Tavern is the next iteration of Woodberry Kitchen’s dining experience, set to open during the fall of 2022,” the website states.

“Guests will be treated to a warm, intimate dining experience that taps into the storied tradition of community-focused neighborhood taverns. James Beard Award-winning chef-owner Spike Gjerde and executive chef Steven Kenny’s menu will include updated versions of Woodberry Kitchen classics and new dishes made with the region’s freshest seasonal produce, fish and shellfish from the Chesapeake Bay, and the highest quality meats from regenerative farms. The tavern will continue the Woodberry Kitchen tradition of prioritizing environmental and community impact by supporting thoughtful farmers and watermen who work to preserve the abundance and traditions of the watershed.”

Located at 2010 Clipper Park Road, Woodberry Kitchen suspended operations as a full-service restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic and primarily became an events venue, promising to debut a “new restaurant experience” when it reopens. In March, owners put much of the restaurant’s contents up for auction, as part of its “refresh.”

This week, managers said in an email message that the restaurant would reopen this fall and will hold two job fairs this month to build a staff.

Gjerde said in an email message that he would be in a position to provide more information “in a week or so.” Details about the new name and other changes were contained in descriptions of two of the jobs posted online, Tavern Sous Chef and Tavern Line Cook.

Additional job postings provided information about another division that will focus on catering for special occasions, Woodberry Events. The company said in its announcement this week that
Woodberry’s reconfigured space can now accommodate up to 150 people.

“Woodberry Events provides high-touch production and catering for weddings, parties, corporate events, and any other special occasion inside Woodberry Kitchen’s spectacular, historic space at Clipper Mill and at off-site locations in and around Baltimore,” states the job descriptions for Event Sous Chef, Event Kitchen Staff and Event Floor Staff/Server.

Managers promise to provide more details soon about the new concept and reopening dates. The job fairs will be held at the restaurant on Aug. 22 and 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a response from Woodberry Tavern chef-owner Spike Gjerde.

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Ed Gunts

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