March 22nd, 2022

Atlas Restaurant Group will reopen Harbor East’s James Joyce Irish Pub

Originally posted in the Baltimore Business Journal March 22, 2022

James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant is headed for a revival under the ownership of the Atlas Restaurant Group.

The Baltimore-based hospitality company recently leased the Harbor East Irish pub, one of several restaurants in the upscale waterfront neighborhood that closed in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Atlas CEO Alex Smith said James Joyce will keep its name as well as some of its original furnishings, including a bartop imported from Ireland.

“It was such a great resource for the neighborhood over the years, and it’s a shame that they went out during the pandemic,” Smith said. “We just think the Irish pub is such a great amenity for Harbor East that we decided that we were going to put our Atlas spin on it.”