Bond Street Social opens in Fells Point

October 20, 2011|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Bond Street Social opens Thursday night in Fells Point. This is the old DuClaw space in the Bond Street Wharf building, although you'd have trouble recognizing it.

The few hundred friends and neighbors who turned out for Bond Street Social's Wendesday night preview party got a feel for the space, which has been radically transformed. The urban lodge look has been introduced into a space that DuClaw tried to make work as a suburban sports bar. Upon its closing, the DuClaw operators honorably acknowledged their formula, so successful elsewhere, was wrong for the neighborhood.

Bond Street Social arrives with an experienced ownership team, who seem to have a knack for knowing their market, and a hot chef, Niell Howell, whose opening menu I think does a good job of appealing without pandering. Bond Street's immediate challenge will be to keep its club vibe from intruding on their dining program. I asked general manager Shane Gerken, who promised that this wouldn't happen.

Located at 901 S. Bond Street, the new restaurant and club is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. The phone number is 443-449-6234, and reservations can be made online at www.bondstreetsocial.com. 

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