The long-anticipated reopening of the former Porter’s Pub is coming soon as The Outpost American Tavern will open in the space at 1032 Riverside Ave. in Federal Hill. The Outpost is owned by neighborhood resident Chris Frisone and Seung Cho, who previously worked at Cross Street Market. Former Top Chef television show contestant Jesse Sandlin, who has worked at Petit Louis, Oliver’s Speck, and Jokers & Thieves, will lead the kitchen. The team at The Outpost will be advised by the owners of Blue Agave and Don’t Know Tavern.
The Outpost was described by Frisone as an American-themed neighborhood restaurant. “What Porter’s was is exactly what we want it to be,” he said. “We want to have lots of regulars and make everyone feel at home like a ‘Cheers’ of Federal Hill.”
Porter’s closed in July 2014.
The Outpost will keep the same approximately 60-person layout Porter’s had with a bar room and a dining room. The team performed a mostly cosmetic remodel of the restaurant and updated and modernized the kitchen. Frisone said they would brighten up the space with a new color scheme and by keeping the blinds open on the windows facing Cross St. and Riverside Ave.
Frisone called the menu “creative American” with everything from bar food to salads, sandwiches, and entrées. There will be a small permanent menu and many daily specials. “We want our patrons to be able to eat something different here five days a week,” he said. The Outpost will open every day at 3pm for happy hour, and will be open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Outpost will pour beer from its 10 draft lines and offer “creative cocktails” along with a full compliment of beer, wine, and liquor offerings.
The Outpost team is working through inspections and hopes to open the restaurant in early January. It will hire 10 to 12 employees.