🍦The GOAT of restaurant openings

Shop local fun fiesta, Irish Festival, Live Water Luau...


Good morning, Annapolis. A Portland, OR teen showed up at prom in a WW2-era tank last weekend. Don’t get any ideas, St. Mary’s kids. Traffic downtown is bad enough without any thunderous tread tumblers rolling around.

Let’s get to it.

— Ryan Sneddon

P.S. Happy birthdays to Zach Hester and Mary, just call me Mary 🎂🍦 

May Day blue ribbon winners

Congratulations to the 100+ Blue Ribbon winners of May Day. Thank you the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne for another wonderful year of flowers.

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Live Music with the Best View in Town

Did you know The Choptank offers live music every night of the weekend? Live local talent plays 8 to midnight Friday and Saturday and 5 to 9 PM on Sundays.

Delightful dining, bountiful beverages, live music, and the best view in town. What more could you want?

Make the most of your weekends at The Choptank, proudly located on Ego Alley.

Quick Hits

Update: Burritos for Beds results

Burritos for Beds breaks all traditional fundraising rules. It’s at 7 AM on a Tuesday. There’s no silent auction. There’s no alcohol (did you see what time it starts?). And yet it still raised $68k of the $75k goal for Samaritan House’s future Wellness Center. Click here to learn more about Samaritan House’s 52-year history in Annapolis and click here to turn that 68 into 75.

Ogle Hall plans under magnifying glass

A few Navy veterans operating as Fair Winds Capital have plans to turn Ogle Hall – formerly owned by the Naval Academy Alumni Association – into a 20-room inn and Academy social club. Important note: Fairwinds Capital is not affiliated with local investors (and Academy grads) Clint Ramsden & Cody Monroe. Fair Winds faces two headwinds.

Inns are only allowed in C1 zones (where Ogle Hall is) by special exception and social clubs aren’t allowed at all. However, city planners did agree to consider the social club. Fair Winds went in front of the appeals board Thursday but after two hours of discussion, no vote was taken. The hearing continues May 17. ($)

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Local Business

The GOAT of restaurant openings 🐐 

Yesterday at the Goat was a restaurant opening like none I’ve ever seen. There was a line 10 deep outside five minutes before it opened. About 15 minutes later the place was completely full. But what’s amazing is it didn’t feel like a new restaurant at all. There were no (visible) opening day kinks; although the staff did tell me the Internet did shut down just before it was time to open.

The food’s great. The vibe’s great. The drinks are great. Scoop’s prediction: the Goat isn’t going to be a smash hit, it already is 🐐 

The Goat is open 4 to 11 PM (kitchen closes at 10) every day but Wednesday at 137 Prince George Street.

Shop Local Fun Fiesta

Calling all Severna Parkians! The Shop Local Fun Fiesta is tomorrow at Park Plaza. Swing by between 11 AM and 3 PM Saturday for local shopping, family-friendly activities, and delicious food. 500 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 21146.

Related: The Severna Park Farmers’ Market is officially open for the season. Visit where Jones Station Road meets Ritchie Highway every Saturday from 8 AM to noon. Don’t miss the ribbon cutting this Saturday at 9 AM.

Nothing in this section is sponsored. They're just the things you need to know. I'll always let you know when something's sponsored.

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Opening Soon at Westfield Annapolis: Miller’s Ale House

We’re getting excited! Miller’s Ale House is just about ready to open in the former Macaroni Grill spot at Westfield Annapolis. If you’ve been to a Miller’s, you’ll be excited too. If not, let me give you a rundown.

First and foremost, Miller’s is famous for their buttermilk-drenched, hand-breaded boneless chicken Zingers® and the Zingers® Mountain Melt. The full-service bar has over 35 beers on tap to wash everything down.

You’ll never miss a game at Miller’s. I peeked in the window after grabbing takeout from the Westfield Annapolis food court last weekend and couldn’t believe the TVs.

Stay tuned for the Miller’s opening announcement. You’ll hear it here first!

What’s Happenin’

Cinco de Mayo

No plans for Cinco de Mayo yet? Allow us to suggest. . .

La Sierra. They’ll have a mariachi band; charros with dancing horses; and of course margaritas, tequila, and plenty of beer. 2625 Riva Rd A, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Señor’s Chile Cantina. According to Facebook, they plan to have the biggest party around at all locations. Here are the all-day deals: $7 House Margarita, $5 Teremana Blanco / Reposado Shot, $5 Mi Campo Blanco / Reposado Shot, $8 Patron Silver Shot, and giveaways all day.

Watermark cruise with the Annapolis Blues. Mariachi Esmeralda, delicious margaritas, and mingling with members of Annapolis' new NPSL soccer team. 7:30–9 PM. Get tickets.

Kick Gas and Dinner Under the Stars

So this was supposed to happen two weeks ago but Mother Nature had other plans. Regular occurrences of Dinner Under the Stars don’t start until May 20 but there’s a teaser tomorrow night (Saturday). Along with the usual DUTS shenanigans (live music from Rose Moraes from 6–9 PM, delicious dining in the street, and dancing), Annapolis Green is bringing many electric vehicles for an Earth Day edition of Kick Gas. EVs will be on display at 3 PM.

Dinner Under the Stars happens on the first block of West Street between Church Circle and Calvert Street.

Annapolis Irish Festival 🇮🇪 

Last weekend we went to Italy via Annapolis Town Center. This weekend we’re going to Ireland via ABC Events. The Annapolis Irish Festival is at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds tomorrow (Saturday) from 11 AM to 10 PM. Bands are scheduled almost all day. Local vendors will serve Irish cuisine. There are kids activities like an escape room and axe throwing and adult activities like the whiskey tent and beer. Save $5 on your tickets when you buy online. Kids under 12 are free. 1450 General’s Highway, Crownsville, MD 21032.

Fairy House Festival

The Friends of Quiet Waters Park Sculpture Committee and Quiet Waters Park are celebrating the opening of the month-long Fairy House Festival with a tea party at the Holly Pavilion at 2 PM tomorrow (Saturday). Local families and school groups created over 50 fairy houses with natural materials along the Holly Trail over the last few weeks. The tea party is open to all (costumes encouraged). 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Live Water Luau 🤙 

There are a few tickets left for tomorrow’s Live Water Luau. For the uninitiated, the Live Water Foundation works to get veterans and underserved children on the water as well as to keep our local waters clean. It was started by Brian Meyer, Kevin Haigis, and Chris “Goose” Norman. The luau is Live Water’s signature fundraiser and there’s nothing else like it in Annapolis. Flights to Honolulu start at $1,015. You can attend the luau for just 100 bucks! We hope to see you there.

20th Annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day Rockfish Tournament

It’s trophy season, y’all. Tomorrow morning at 5 AM 100 anglers will head out all over the Bay in search of the largest rockfish. It’s catch-and-release to protect our environment so the winning angler’s name will be painted on a wood fish and hung on a rafter somewhere in the Boatyard Bar & Grill. Not registered? You can still attend the awards party. It’s at the Boatyard in Eastport from 4–8 PM Saturday. Tickets available at the door. 400 Fourth St, Annapolis, MD 21403.

First Sunday Arts

The first First Sunday Arts Festival of 2023 is this weekend. On Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM, over 100 vendors take over West Street and People’s Park to sell pottery, yummy treats, handmade jewelry, and so much more. There’s live music in the Stan & Joe’s parking lot and at People’s Park. Click here for the huge list of vendors.

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Civil News

City Council meeting

There is an Annapolis City Council meeting at 7 PM at City Hall on Monday. At press time, no agenda has been released. When it is posted, click here to read it and submit public testimony. The public is welcome to attend the meeting but it will also be streamed and recorded for later viewing on the City of Annapolis YouTube channel .

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Live Music Lowdown


49 West | Tom Mitchell | 8–10:30 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Dana B | 4–7 PM
Blackwall Hitch | Michael McHenry Tribe | 9 PM
Brian Boru | Jim Wockenfuss | 7–10 PM
The Choptank | Ben Sherman | 8 PM
Great Frogs Winery | Tim Atkinson | 5–8 PM
Jalapeños | Tom Lagana | 7:30–10:30 PM
Killarney House | Tambo & Doug Jackson | 8–11 PM
Market Space | SVV | 6–9 PM
Mother’s Peninsula Grille | Shawn Musselman | 8–11 PM
Middleton Tavern | National Bohemians | 10 PM
Middleton Tavern (upstairs) | Donald Wolcott | 9 PM
Old Stein Inn | Ryan Keith & Thomas Coster | 8–11 PM
Pirates Cove | Ferro & Friends | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Vanessa Collier | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | TBA | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | John Philips | 5–8 PM
Reynolds Tavern | TBA | 7–10 PM
RiverBay Roadhouse | Skribe | 3:30–6:30 PM
RiverBay Roadhouse | Johnny Poulos | 8–11 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant & Bar | Red Betty & the Ruckus | 7–10 PM
Severna Park Taphouse | Josette & Bill | 6–9 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Chris Button | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Rhythm & Screaming | 5–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Meerkat Nation | 9:45 PM
Vibe | Tunnel’s End | 9 PM
The Westin | Tigerlily | 6–8 PM


Bread & Butter Kitchen | Josette & Bill | 10 AM–1 PM
Brian Boru | Poehemia | 7–10 PM
49 West | John Jensen | 5–7 PM
49 West | Sarah Paige, Daphne Eckman, Carly Winter | 7:30–10 PM
The Choptank | Kevin Koa | 8 PM
Great Frogs Winery | Michael Waskey | 12–3 PM
Great Frogs Winery | Noah Booz | 5–8 PM
Killarney House | Ray Wroten | 8–11 PM
Market House | Mike Heuer | 7–10 PM
Market Space | Hurricane Kevin | 2–6 PM
Mother’s Peninsula Grille | Sidewalk Soul | 8–11 PM
Middleton Tavern | Michael McHenry Tribe | 10 PM
Middleton Tavern (upstairs) | Donald Wolcott | 10 PM
Old Stein Inn | Mike Surrat’s Continentals duo | 3–7 PM
Pirates Cove | Eddie Rogers | 7–10 PM
Rams Head On Stage | The Natural Lines w/ The Lighthouse and the Whaler | 1 PM | Tickets
Rams Head On Stage | High Noon: A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd & Southern Rock | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Roadhouse | Major Company Band | 9 PM
Rams Head Tavern | Ben Heemstra | 10 PM
Reynolds Tavern | Dan Heely | 7–10 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant & Bar | Blue Line | 7–10 PM
Smashing Grapes Annapolis | Jennifer Schimpf | 8–11 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | PJ & Neal | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Ben McNulty | 2 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Hot Texas Sun | 3 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Madisun Bailey Band | 3:30–4:30 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Nate Finn Trio | 5 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | East 3rd Street Band | 9:45 PM
Sullivan’s Cove | Sparks & McCoy | 7:30–10:30 PM
Vibe | Alter Ego | 9 PM


Bread & Butter Kitchen | Combo Indigo | 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Brian Boru | Finbar’s Flight | 3–6 PM
The Choptank | TBA | 5–9 PM
Galway Bay | Richard Hayward | 4–8 PM
Grump’s Cafe | Guava Jelly | 11 AM–1 PM
Hatton Regester Green | Sparks & McCoy | 4–6 PM
Killarney House | Aaron Hawkins | 3–6 PM
Libbey’s Coastal Kitchen | Chris Sacks | 4–7 PM
Market House | Nate & Jack | 5–7 PM
Market Space | David Andrew Smith | 2–6 PM
Mother’s Peninsula Grille | Bill Hruz | 3–6 PM
Pirates Cove | Kurt Gibbons | 3–6 PM
Rams Head On Stage | Kirk Whalum | 8 PM | Tickets
Rams Head Tavern | Jazz brunch w/ Oreo | 11 AM–1 PM
Romilo’s Restaurant & Bar | Bobby Berger | 3–7 PM
Stan & Joe’s Riverside | Timmie & Tambo | 4–8 PM
Stan & Joe’s Saloon | Moondog | 8–11 PM
Vibe | K-Paz De La Sierra | 9 PM | Tickets


Navy Schedule

Baseball (22–24)
5/3 vs. George Mason | L 4–1
5/6 vs. Elon | 6 PM
5/7 vs. Elon | 1 PM

Women’s lacrosse
5/4 vs. Army (Patriot League semifinal) | L 12–11

Men’s lacrosse
5/5 @ Patriot League Semifinals | TBA
5/7 @ Patriot League Championship | TBA

Men’s rugby
5/6 vs. California (National Championship) | 7:30 PM

Men’s tennis
5/6 @ Virginia | 1 PM
5/7 @ VCU/Ole Miss | 1 PM

Women’s track & field
5/5–6 @ Patriot League Outdoor Championship

Men’s track & field
5/5–6 @ Patriot League Outdoor Championship

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