After three years of owning Tommy’s Downtown Tavern at 839 W. Cross St., owner Tommy Fox is ready for a change of pace. Fox, who grew up in Westminster, MD, has put his bar up for sale in preparation for a move to the countryside of Tennessee. He is currently looking at land in the Memphis, Knoxville, Buffalo Valley and Jackson regions of The Volunteer State, and is keeping his eye on bar owning opportunities in those regions as well.
“It’s nothing at all Pigtown related,” said Fox. “I enjoyed living here and gave it a three-year run. I always knew it would be an investment, not a career, and I’m trying to move on to the next thing while I’m still young enough. I wish the best for the community.”
As far as selling Tommy’s Downtown Tavern, it is not available to just any buyer. “I’m looking to sell the place to someone who wants to serve good beer, cater to a good crowd and continue what we did, not someone coming in here just to make money,” said Fox. “I’ve developed a lot of great relationships in Pigtown and have made a lot of great friends, and I want to make sure the place is in good hands.”
Fox told SouthBMore.com that he has received several offers for the bar that he has turned down because they weren’t the right fit, but is currently negotiating with several interested buyers who he knows very well. “They will definitely be buying at a better time than I did, the neighborhood has changed for the better,” said Fox.
“I’m going to miss the community. Hopefully we’ll have a big blowout before I go,” said Fox, who, despite the pending move, still plans to keep his season tickets to the Ravens and visit often to see his niece and nephew.
Fox is hoping to sell the bar within the next two months.