Paul’s owner Paul Zang and his wife Linda were some of Mike Shott’s favorite customers when he bartended at Pickle’s Pub in Ocean City. Shott told Zang that he hoped to open his own bar one day and Zang told him he had what it took and to go for it.
Spending many years looking for the right opportunity in Ocean City in hopes of bringing the flavor of his hometown of Baltimore to the shore, Shott never quite found the right opportunity. Working recently this fall in Little Italy, a sales rep told him that Paul’s was for sale. It had been about six years since Shott last saw Zang, but when he approached Zang about the sale, the old acquaintances were quickly able to put a deal together and Shott took over in December. Ironically, Zang was looking to move to Ocean City.
Instead of bringing the flavor of Baltimore to Ocean City, Shott is bringing a little bit of the flavor of Ocean City to Baltimore, while still keeping the Baltimore charm, as the new owner of Shotti’s Point at 701 E. Fort Ave in Riverside. As an avid surfer with the nickname Shotti, Shott named the bar Shotti’s Point because it was the name his realtor coined for his home in Ocean City, a home that later became a favorite surfing spot for him and his friends.
In addition to combining Ocean City and Baltimore into Shotti’s Point, Shott will also incorporate his Italian heritage. Bringing in a chef from Ocean City, the Shotti’s Point menu includes three or four different types of mussels, including the ‘Little Italy’ marinara-based dish and the ‘Fells Point,’ which is flavored with fresh cilantro and tequila. Growing up in Highlandtown near Roma Sausage, the menu will also feature a sandwich, mussel and shrimp dish featuring the Baltimore favorite. Additional menu items include burgers, crab cakes, tuna and more.
Shott has been on surfing trips to Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, California, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. And, he will be adding twists of flavor from each of these places to Shotti’s Point. The bar features orange and grapefruit crushes, an Ocean City favorite, as well as many craft beers, wines and cocktails.
Shott is hoping to keep the feeling of Paul’s, but add his own touch to it. “I want everyone to feel welcome whether you are a Paul’s regular, a friend from Ocean City, or a new customer,” Shott told SouthBMore.com.
Shotti’s Point will have karaoke every other Saturday and they have submitted an application for live entertainment and outdoor seating with their upcoming liquor board transfer. Shott is hoping to eventually add large slider windows on the side of the property, as well as tables for outdoor seating, which will have a view of the harbor. Shott also has his eyes on a local acoustic guitar player for future performances at Shotti’s Point.
Shott will be in good company in South Baltimore joining longtime friends Diane DeSantis, an owner of Our House, and Billy Hughes, an owner of Barracudas, in the local restaurant community.