No Idea Tavern is under new ownership as former General Manager Jonathan “Ferg” Ferguson and girlfriend Stacy Lynch have acquired the 1,600 sq. ft. South Baltimore bar at 1649 S. Hanover St. that first opened in 2005. Ferguson has worked at bars in South Baltimore since 1999, starting at the former Crazy Lil’s, and Lynch has been a bartender at Ropewalk Tavern for the last 13 years. Lynch was voted SouthBMore’s Best Bartender in 2016.
Ferguson and Lynch are looking to keep what’s popular with No Idea while adding their own touches. No Idea has a lot of regular customers and they plan to keep the same neighborhood sports bar vibe. Monday Night BINGO, Tuesday Night Trivia, the all-you-can-drink special on Fridays from 7pm to 10pm, and the Penn State fan club will remain. The bar will continue to have a focus on regional beers utilizing the 12 beer taps.
No Idea is adding Six Nations Rugby brunches, during which they will televise games from the European rugby league, and will continue to carry the soccer package. No Idea’s 14 TVs will also show games from local teams including the Ravens, Redskins, Orioles, Capitals, and Towson University, plus WWE. The owners are also adding an HD projector in the dining room.
The kitchen is still run by Craig Fields and Chef Kenya Butler. Popular staples like cheesesteaks and loaded tator tots will remain, but Ferguson and Lynch will be adding some new menu items as well. These include some healthier options such as burgers made of exotic meats such as elk and bison, grilled chicken sandwiches, and salads. There will also be different types of fries including curly, sweet potato, and waffle fries, and new brunch items. The new menu will launch on March 1st, at which time there will also be new specials and a new loyalty program.
The owners are planning improvements to the space which include “rustic” wood paneling to replace the light blue walls. They also plan on replacing the mural outside and adding new outdoor tables.
Ferguson and Lynch will be renaming the bar in August, and they are taking suggestions from customers on what the new name should be. They will add new signage at that time and host a block party to celebrate the grand opening.
Ferguson and Lynch are also looking to host community events and fundraisers for local charities including BARCS.
The staff at No Idea will remain the same as will its hours of 430pm to 2am Monday through Friday and 9am to 2am on Saturdays and Sundays.
Ferguson and Lynch have wanted their own place for a long time and are excited to get started. “We were waiting for the right opportunity and this was it!” they told SouthBMore.com.