Liam Flynn’s Ale House Owner Opening O’Flynn’s Crab & Cask House in Brooklyn

| April 7, 2016 | 1 Comments

Liam Flynn, the owner of Liam Flynn’s Ale House in Station North, is opening a second restaurant at 3432 S. Hanover St. in South Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood. O’Flynn’s Crab & Cask House will open in the former space of O’Brady’s Crab House, a longtime Brooklyn-staple before it closed in 2015.

Flynn, who has Scottish and Irish roots, said the restaurant will continue the Irish-American tradition of O’Brady’s, but with a stronger focus on the Irish part. He’ll also be adding some Scottish influence.

Flynn, who initially came to Baltimore as a merchant marine, was formerly a fisherman in Ireland and a member of the Bord lascaigh Mhara (Irish Sea Fisheries Board), so a focus on seafood is something that reminds him of his past. He is also very familiar with Brooklyn because of its close proximity to the port areas of Curtis Bay and Fairfield.

Flynn is teaming up with Michael Furbish, owner of Furbish, a green roofing and wall company located across the street, on the new restaurant. Furbish recently bought the property and met Flynn while taking his daughter, a fiddle player, up to Liam Flynn’s to take part in Irish music. The two will complete a mostly-cosmetic renovation of the space, although they are hoping to open a large outdoor patio and new kitchen and dining room in the future. A new facade and awning, incorporating the old O’Brady’s sign, will be added to the space. The team will also be commissioning murals by local artist Bridget Cimino on both sides of the building to represent the past and present of Brooklyn.

In the mornings, O’Flynn’s will serve coffee and breakfast. Flynn noted that he’s heard from people in Brooklyn that they have to go to Glen Burnie to get a good cup of coffee.

For lunch, O’Flynn’s will serve many steamed items including steamed breads, seafood, and more. It will focus on crabs, as well as many different seafood dishes. Along with serving items with an Irish and Scottish influence, O’Flynn’s will have New Orleans seafood-inspired dishes as well. The bar will focus on local beer and ales. O’Flynn’s will initially be open for breakfast and lunch, and it will be adding dinner hours in the future.

Flynn hopes his new restaurant will be the first of many new investments in Brooklyn. “We want to work with the neighborhood and help drive economic growth,” said Flynn.

He hopes O’Flynn’s will not only be a restaurant but also serve as a community center for the neighborhood. At Liam Flynn’s Ale House, he partnered on healthy food initiatives in the surrounding area and with the nearby J Van Story Branch Sr. Apartments, a public housing tower for seniors. The restaurant also partners with Gather Baltimore, a program that collects vegetables, food, and bread for those in need, and started The Open Plough Project, a coalition of farmers, educators, and chefs working to build a healthy community.

Since starting the project, Flynn said he has met so many current and former neighbors of Brooklyn, who have shared their stories about O’Brady’s, and many residents and police officers have stopped by to say hi.

Flynn is hoping O’Flynn’s will not only be popular with neighbors but also with the nearby port businesses like CSX, Vane Brothers, McCallister, and others, as well as commuters coming or leaving Baltimore. Flynn is excited to be near the Living Classrooms Foundation’s growing Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, as well as the new investment coming to nearby Port Covington and the Middle Branch.

Flynn is hoping to open the restaurant in mid-April. It will seat about 100, including a bar area that seats about 15. The expansion with the new dining area and patio will increase the capacity.

O’Flynn’s plans to hire about 15 employees.

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  • Marlo

    Small edit it’s Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center. Excited about this new restaurant!