By RICK WADE Correspondent It opened as the Bridgeview in the 1950s. When I first moved to Annapolis in the late 1960s, it was The Yardarm. I remember it later as Spiro’s and then, most recently, The Rockfish.
That plain brick building, just across the Spa Creek Bridge at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue, has been given a stunning makeover and reopened two months ago as Blackwall Hitch — an interesting name for a restaurant. A blackwall hitch, a sailing term of course, is a temporary means of tying a rope to a hook. It relies on equal tension to hold, but if subjected to too much strain — it slips. Hmm …
High expectations abound. Call for a reservation and a perky voice answers: “Blackwall Hitch. Annapolis’ premier dining restaurant.” Really? So soon?
When you arrive, an eager, cheerful host or hostess greets you. The décor is an eye-catcher: a spacious dining room furnished in a style halfway between formal and casual; a sort of pub-bar area laid out to handle live music, and a rooftop, outdoor dining area as well. The restaurant’s website describes the ambience as an “urban chic vibe with a connection to history.”
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