UPDATED: Mt. Washington Tavern will host a grand re-opening party with drink specials on Nov. 21, starting at 8 p.m., just in time to kick off the holiday season. The Tavern has long been a night-before-Thanksgiving gathering spot. It's still planning to open Nov. 1 for regular bar and restaurant service.
The restaurant was devasted by a multi-alarm fire in 2011 and underwent an extensive rebuild and renovation. It will continue to feature a New American menu with a seafood twist, according to a press release. A big change is a new handicap-accessible entrance on Sulgrave Avenue, where diners can enter the main dining room.
The flow of the building will be better, too. The front bar, still accessible from Newbury Street, will feature a large, open space on one level.
The upstairs will be accessible by steps as well as an elevator and will have a seasonal deck adjacent to the new Skybar.
The décor has been upgraded, too, the press release said. The walls will be decorated with Chesapeake-Bay-inspired works, while the bar areas will have artwork featuring Maryland sporting favorites. And, yes, the shuffleboard table returns.
A commissioned 5-foot-x-10-foot replica of Pimlico's old clubhouse, the Old Hilltop, will hang in the Pimlico room.
After the fire, owners Rob Frisch and Dave Lichty wasted no time working on rebuilding the beloved neighborhood bar that's been drawing customers for more than 30 years.
When they reopen, the Tavern owners will also unveil their special bricks project. For the past year, customized bricks have been sold for $75 each to raise money for the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. The bricks will adorn the path leading into the restaurant.