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click to enlarge Maryland House will open this fall in the former Mandarin Lounge space.  - THANKS TO MARYLAND HOUSE

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Maryland House will open this fall in the former Mandarin Lounge space.

The Central West End will soon have a new lounge and event space thanks to a beloved neighborhood brand. House in Maryland (44 Maryland Square), by the team behind Brennan’s, opens this fall at Maryland Plaza in the former Mandarin Lounge. It’s a new venue that should look a little familiar to experienced Central West End bar-goers who visited Brennan’s original venue from 2005-2020.

“Maryland House was a big part of the old space,” explains owner Kevin Brennan. “We knew we wanted to take it with us when we moved, so this has actually been a three-year conversation. At the old Brennan’s, [Maryland House] was where we hosted a lot of birthday parties and get-togethers, so we’ve been fighting that since we moved. We get about four or five calls a day about private events, and we just can’t handle it. We hope this will enable us to do that and see this as an extension of our existing business rather than a new business.”

Originally designed as a wine shop and cigar bar when it first opened in 2003, Brennan’s quickly morphed into a much-loved bar and restaurant that became the Central West End’s go-to watering hole. Maryland House, which was located upstairs, was an integral part of that. However, when Brennan’s had to move around the corner to Euclid Avenue due to the expansion of the Saint Louis Chess Club, there was no room to accommodate the separate space. Brennan deplored this situation; although he wanted to organize special events and gatherings, he simply couldn’t make peace with what he would have to charge to rent out the always packed Brennan’s.

An illustration of the Maryland House rooftop bar.  - THANKS TO MARYLAND HOUSE

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An illustration of the Maryland House rooftop bar.

The new location will allow him and his team to expand their offerings to larger groups, while also serving as an additional place to pop in and have a drink in the cosmopolitan neighborhood.

“I think the West End is looking for something like that,” Brennan says. “It’s a bit sleepy now and I think the neighborhood wants everything back.”

Brennan envisions the new Maryland House being aesthetically consistent with his flagship bar. He describes the atmosphere as that of a luxurious, funky lounge that will have a loft-like feel due to its location on the third floor of the building. He’s especially excited about the rooftop terrace and plans to put in an outdoor bar for guests to enjoy the beautiful skyline.

Brennan describes the Maryland House menu as consisting of raised small plates with beautiful presentation. He notes that the venue will be the kind of place where guests can come for cocktails and snacks or stay to enjoy a full meal from a selection of small plates. The menu will change seasonally, but will feature a few staples that he hopes will become regulars.

As for the drink offerings, Brennan hopes to build on his cocktail program. He also plans to have a small to medium selection of beers and a good wine list and hopes this, along with great food and a lovely atmosphere, will add a lively energy to the Central West End nightlife.

“We’re adding something original, yet familiar that we think people will like,” Brennan says. “We need some positives when things have been upside down.”

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