Eutaw Street gets a pub


August 25, 2005|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

There's a lot of history behind Baltimore's newest Irish restaurant. Maggie Moore's Irish Pub & Restaurant is set to open next week in the old Baltimore Equitable Society Building on Eutaw Street. Owner John Moore says the building was constructed in 1847 as the Eutaw Savings Bank and became headquarters in 1887 for the Equitable Society, a fire insurance company.

He says he and partner Bill Carr have spent the last year renovating the 9,000-square-foot place, trying to keep as much of the building's original elements in it as they could.

The 20-foot-high ceilings and 16-foot windows remain, as does much of the original woodwork and floors. Two vaults have been converted into private dining rooms, one on the first floor, and one on the second. And the original bank counters were used as bar tops.

The first floor is the bar and restaurant, with the second floor housing more dining areas and a kitchen in the back.

But, we did say this was an Irish restaurant. And John, a transplant from Ireland, says the decor also reflects that fact. There's stained glass behind the bar and in partitions. And lots of deep warm colors on the walls, which are also decorated with Irish prints.

The menu offers Irish and American fare. An "Irish Favorites" section has such entrees as corned beef and cabbage, lamb stew and bangers and mash.

However, the gist of the most of the menu is a combo of pub food and more sophisticated dishes. You'll find Maggie Moore's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 410-837-2100, at 21 N. Eutaw St., right across from the Hippodrome.

August shindigs

Never let it be said there's nothing going on party-wise in August. We're hearing raves about two such fundraising shindigs held last weekend.

The first was thrown last Friday at Columbia's Oakland Mills Meeting House. The folks from three Coldwell Banker offices got together for their second live and silent auction benefiting Habitat for Humanity.

The company's Annette Fisher says one of the highlights came when agent Gayle Briscoe presented a check for more than $7,000 to Hal Maxwell, the president of Coldwell's Mid-Atlantic residential brokerage. Apparently, Gayle had decided against a party she had planned to celebrate her 35 years in the biz. Instead, she asked guests to contribute to the cause.

"He was totally shocked," says Annette.

The party was one of several fundraisers planned to reach a goal of $90,000 -- the cost of renovating a Habitat house in the Annapolis area.

Meanwhile, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation's Mini Golf Day 2005 was a big success on Sunday. The foundation's Tim Richardson says there were more participants than ever in the tourney's four years. He says more than 90 people played in each of two rounds.

The whole shebang took place out at The Falls at Magnolia in Joppa.

"This isn't a putt-putt style place with a clown mouth and windmill," Tim says. "They call The Falls a world-class miniature golf course. It has sand traps and waterfalls."

Each foursome was matched with a local celeb -- TV, radio and sports types Bob Turk, Mary Bubala, Jennifer Gilbert, Jeff Barnd, Pete Gilbert, Scott Garceau, Sherrie Johnson, Steve Davis, Mickey Cucchiella and Bruce Laird.

At the end of the day, folks rallied round a cookout.

"This was the greatest one yet," says Tim. "There wasn't a person who left without a smile on their face."

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