Restaurateur Ted Bauer has lengthy been a fixture within the Baltimore meals scene, having owned historic properties together with the The Valley Inn, The Oregon Grille, and Mt. Washington Tavern—which he bought in 2007 (and the place he as soon as consulted with a NASA scientist for the tavern’s retractable roof for the second-level exterior eating and bar space.)
Bauer, who additionally owns roadside pizza joint Butler Cabin in Butler, didn’t set out to enter hospitality. When he graduated from Washington & Lee College with levels in psychology and artwork historical past, he joined the U.S. World Lacrosse Group, touring from Australia to Thailand to England, and briefly enjoying lacrosse for a professional field league till the crew folded.
Having completed a brief stint at The Crease in Towson, he determined to take a job at an American-style saloon known as O’Henry’s on Centre Avenue in Mt. Vernon.
“I used to be simply going to work there for the spring and summer time, then go as much as New England and are available again and go nine-to-five,” remembers Bauer, who’s a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Corridor of Fame. “However proper earlier than I left, one of many homeowners requested if I’d like to remain and assist him run the place—I used to be there for two-and-a-half years. After I left, I used to be using the curler coaster of whether or not I used to be going to get Mt. Washington Tavern, and 30 days later I did. I had been bitten by the bug. We opened in November of 1979—I used to be 26 on the time.”
So far, the Baltimore-born Bauer has been at it for 43 years, so when Alex Smith, founding father of the Atlas Restaurant Group, known as Bauer about the opportunity of shopping for The Valley Inn and The Oregon Grille so as to add to his ever-growing portfolio, he determined to go for it.
“It’s been a protracted highway for my profession,” Bauer says. “I wasn’t precisely fascinated with leaving this yr, however perhaps within the subsequent few years. Alex and I talked all through the summer time. It wasn’t till the autumn when one thing got here collectively and we struck a deal.”
Now that the deal is about to undergo—at midnight on New Yr’s Eve, after which Bauer will keep on as a marketing consultant to The Valley Inn and turn into a minority proprietor of The Oregon Grille—he’s feeling understandably nostalgic.
“Alex grew up going to my eating places,” says Bauer, “so I suppose I’ll develop outdated going to his.”