One year later, one of Towson's most storied watering holes is nearing its re-opening.
, , is headed for a mid-March opening, said Rick Bielski, who owns the bar with partners Eric and Melanie Wagner.
Bielski said he promises a "bigger, better" pub than the one that burned down.
Weather and unforseen structural issues delayed construction, but "for the most part, we're ready to go and we're moving in that direction to get open," Bielski said.
Much of the facade is completed, including the familiar brick exterior with all-new signage and window designs. The new bar on the first and second levels.
"We're really happy with the way it turned out, and we're looking forward to having a little of the old and some of the new put together," Bielski said.
Also happy are many among Bielski's old clientele, which included office workers by day and Towson University students by night.
"In the daytime, people go there for some good food," said Nancy Hafford, executive director of the , who has watched the construction every day from her office window.
"The business community goes there for good food at a reasonable price. Then the business community goes there after work for a cocktail. Then it changes later in the night," she said.
Hafford said she believes the rebuilt pub—along with other nearby businesses, like and —will help create a new atmosphere on Pennsylvania Avenue, similar to Allegheny Avenue, home to restaurants, boutiques and Feet on the Street concerts.