ROPEWALK — FROM FEDERAL HILL TO FENWICK
The Original Baltimore tavern itself dates back to pre-prohibition and is situated on one of the oldest streets in Federal Hill. Ropewalk Lane maintained itself as a street where eighteenth and nineteenth century shipbuilders twined and spindled ropes for ships. Indeed, revolutionaries and patriots fomented rebellion against the Crown and began to put their backs into the beginnings of what would become the most powerful navy in the world.
In 1995, the McFaul brothers, started renovating this unassuming but proud collection of spaces. One expansion into a warehouse addition behind the bar revealed a well used but regal workspace.
Dating back to the days of the founding fathers themselves, this cask and barrel warehouse was built to last with thick plank floors and brawny angular support beams held together with iron lag bolts. In it, the owners found a 1914 document celebrating the 100th anniversary of the War of 1812, a handful of radio tubes, some barrels that still smelled of liquor and even an old but functioning block and tackle.
The dust settled here a long time ago on these ropes, casks, radios, and, sadly, most of their masters and apprentices. Piles of old tools and evidence of former slave ownership of the building in the 1800s only fed the immediate curiosity about went on here. One is left with the impression that a callused group of tradesmen in overalls just got up from their jobs, went to lunch and never returned. On the bright side, their ghostly departures left room for an equally compelling recent history.
Like many early American taverns, business people and civic leaders use these inviting rooms for great casual conversation that often turns to unabashed, partisan politics. Discussions today heat up, just as they must have with the likes of Patrick Henry and other patriots over 200 years ago.
Weekends find the foot-rails lined with the young barhoppers who come to shoot pool and drink some of the 135 beers available here. Our Chef and his culinary staff welcome modern-day travelers and locals to enjoy some daily tavern fare and ever changing specials.
The Ropewalk bartenders, such as the amazing Cameron Schaffer, are famous for favoring customers with any spirit of their choice and great friendly service. The latest dining room addition, with open air walls is protected by the powerful unity of the American national standard and DON’T TREAD ON ME, the first Navy Jack.
THE FENWICK ISLAND SEARCH
Chris Reda who was a patron of Ropewalk Federal Hill/Baltimore joined forces with the McFaul’s in 2005. Since then the three have opened multiple businesses including their newest venture, Ropewalk A Fenwick Island Oyster House in 2013.
The three have vacationed a lifetime in the area and over 20 years in Fenwick Island itself. They spent many a night, over those years hoping to one day open a restaurant, in their favorite beach town. In 1997 they thought their dreams had come true when they started to plan to build a place off route 54 next to a new Nantuckets (a favorite Fenwick Spot of theirs) However, that project never took shape. Then, their long awaited dream to open in their favorite beach town happened in 2012. They purchased a restaurant next to Sea Shell City (Their kids favorite spot) and on June 8th 2013 Ropewalk Fenwick opened.
ROPEWALK — A FENWICK ISLAND OYSTER HOUSE
Thank You everyone who visited Ropewalk this season! We exceeded all expectations! We are happy to be part of the best restaurant town on the East coast. We have made many new friends and seen hundreds and hundreds of old friends. We now welcome you to enjoy Ropewalk at the beach year round! Ropewalk at the beach offers open air dining on two floors with an oyster bar and deck bar. Bring the kids and enjoy our beach playground that is in site of our bar, dining tables, and the upstairs deck. Parents can relax and still supervise the playground close by.
Our menu reflects the seasons with local ingredients. Our Chef Frank Campanella calls fish orders in nightly to see what is the freshest fair possible off the docks. Make sure you visit our bars and taste from our seasonal fresh fruit crush selection and specialty drink menu.