As the new Inner Harbor restaurant, the Sandlot, receives its finishing touches, Spike Gjerde and his business partner Corey Polyoka, prepare for the grand opening. The restaurant will serve as a gathering place for families, millennial, professionals and anyone looking to enjoy the magnificent waterfront view and delicious food.
The Sandlot is the new addition to Baltimore’s Foodshed restaurant group’s portfolio of restaurants, which includes Parts & Labor, Artifact Coffee, Woodberry Kitchen and others. It is also the most ambitious project the group has ever attempted to undertake, in both concept and size.
The 30,000-square-foot space will feature a large, open space with various activities, including three bocce courts, “a raised deck area” for food trucks, volleyball courts and “kid zones” with climbing gadgetry.
“It’s going to have the feeling of a 1960s funky national park,” Polyoka said.
Skewers, nachos, appetizers and sandwiches will be listed under the “You’re Killing Me ‘Smalls,’” a familiar quote from the 1993 “The Sandlot” movie. The food items on the not-taking-itself-too-seriously meal will range in price from $15 to $28.
Desserts made from Charmery ice cream and Woodberry Kitchen cookies will also be available, milkshakes, ice-cream sandwiches and ice cream.
Gjerde partnered with Patrick Morrow, the Sandlot’s chef de cuisine, to create the menu.
Sandlot’s bar program will also have a breezy attitude just like the restaurant, with beverage offerings of smoothies, sparkling juices, “boat drinks” and alcoholic slushies. A special section called Summer Feet will feature an array of frothy cold beverages similar to Bermuda’s rum swizzle. Cocktail prices will not exceed $12.
The Sandlot is only a temporary project with a lifespan of five to seven years. The idea is to draw visitors to Harbor Point, along with serving food and drinks.
“It’s meant to activate the site, while it’s being developed and to get people used to coming out here,” Polyoka said. “We don’t know what we’re going to do with it in seven years.”
The Sandlot is scheduled to open on June 12 at 5 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to enter underneath the shipping containers at that day.
Sandlot at Harbor East Waterfront
1000 Wills Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.