Tommy’s Downtown Tavern is the toehold Pigtown needs


A while ago I had heard through the grapevine (probably via @casey18cc and @carolott, who live within eyeshot) that Tommy’s Downtown Tavern (839 W Cross St, Pigtown) was for sale and was reminded again by reading it over on that Tom Fox is trying to sell the property to the “right person,” someone who would foster the relationships he’s built with his surrounding community over the past three years and continue to nurture them going forward, someone who’s “Not all about the money.”

And while it may be wishful thinking, who knows, one thing is for certain: Pigtown needs all the Tommy’s Downtown Taverns it can get. Its friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices and jovial staffers are the kind that will give cause to residents of Pigtown to actually want to leave their homes but not, say, cross the bridge over to “FED HILL” and actually stick around and talk with one another.

Pigtown has been “on the rise” and “up and coming” since I can remember – specifically, 2003 when I moved to the city, and at a certain point it became a running joke with all the fits and starts seen in even the most lucrative areas of Baltimore (like “FED HILL!”). Particularly when the economy crashed and huge developments ceased city wide, leaving the little neighborhood that could on the west side of Russell Street left twisting in the wind.

But things are certainly different right now, aren’t they. Federal Hill and Locust Point are virtually at carrying capacity as far as I’m concerned, areas previously thought completely resistant to revitalization like Remington and “Upper Patterson Park” (what the hell does that even mean?) are flipping like crazy, and Highlandtown is chugging right along to being one of the best hoods in the Baltimore area. Again. Whether it’s just another bubble at work or a true rennaissance, I’m saying it right now,


Tommy’s is a perfect corner bar for Pigtown’s needs and Pigtown Mainstreet is doing its damnedest to bring good, solid businesses to the area. Art galleries, chicken n’ waffle joints (seriously, how many of them are there in “FED HILL?”), event venues like Mobtown Ballroom, Pigtown is just *barely* on the precipice of turning the corner and becoming the next success story, and it deserves to be. At this point it seems inevitable but the question really is “how long?” As I increasingly see more of my own associates taking up residence there it seems more appealing.

And that’s really all it takes, isn’t it? A Tommy’s, and a bunch of friends to meet there? Folks may see Pigtown as dicey but I’ve live in “SOUTH FED HILL” in an area that four years ago featured roving gangs and open air drug markets on the corner of Heath and Marshall, Christ, look at it now – full blown luxury apartment complexes on Wells and mixed used developments being thrown into the air with alarming speed, gourmet pizza restaurants out the wazoo, and more on the way (and 75% fewer open air drug markets. Nothing is perfect.). As with all the house flippers in that area learned even throughout the great recession, “If you build it, they will come.” At least, enough of them to get things rolling, from what I’ve seen.

So keep at it, Pigtown! And hey, serious investor, if you’re reading: Tommy’s is a great bar with great patrons and you should look into purchasing it. It might be a few years more until Pigtown truly realizes its “up and coming status” but one thing’s for damn sure, it is CHEAP AS SHIT TO BUY A HOUSE THERE.