A few days ago it was announced by various outlets that the long since empty Globe Brewing building adjacent to Little Havana (1325 Key Hwy, Inner Harbor) is slated for demolition, a property which had been purchased some time ago by none other than Tim Whistead, the owner of Little Havana.
It’s been an interesting four years for the restaurant to be sure, when in March of 2009 we found ourselves staring at the possibility of Little Havana’s closure in the face of a possible leasing issue for the property – especially ominous at the time due to the unfortunate kibosh placed upon the restaurant’s desire to move five(ish) doors down to a space under its ownership by the city and its expansion of the Locust Point MIZOD (Maritime Industrial Zoning Overlay District).
But as it turns out, not too long after the drama ensued Treadstone LLC (Tim Whistead) secured the property housing Little Havana, expanded the dining room to a back area and the Globe facility for $4.1 million in May of 2010, a mere year after denying the rumor (a safe approach). Quite the go getter.
So now, the Globe Brewing Co. building will be destroyed, though demolition has been pushed back a bit due to infrastructure concerns. What a crazy ride – a brewpub with a huge amount of space, shuttered, turned failed disaster themed “Crash Cafe” idea by Pat Turner (seriously Pat?) – with a fucking DC-3 sticking out of the side of it – back to a shuttered giant building now under the ownership of the once bedogged Little Havana, who are primed to make an absolute mint on the sale. *golf claps to you, sirs.*
It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the property considering every postage stamp sized shred of waterfront is now worth more than its own square footage in platinum, but if you ask me I say: