Barracuda’s opens weekly pop-up restaurant at Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church

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While Barracuda’s Locust Point Tavern is still trying to get its building at 1230 E. Fort Ave. after a fire on July 4, its drinks and food are now available four days a week at the Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil Catholic Church at 1532 Avenue E. Fort.

Barracuda’s calls the pop-up “Lunchroom” and uses the basement of the church, accessible via Towson St. The space has 14 tables, some bar seating, and a full kitchen. The South Baltimore Catholic community has used the space for events in the past, including a previous Barracuda pop-up.

The canteen is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Barracuda general manager Samantha Stinchcomb told SouthBMore.com that father Josh Laws contacted Barracuda owner Billy Hughes offering to help after the fire and said they could use the space and the kitchen when needed.

The Lunchroom menu is not as large as the normal restaurant menu, but still has a fairly large selection of starters, salads and sandwiches, as well as a few entrees.

Appetizers include Maryland Crab Soup, BBQ Pork Nachos, Tomato Soup and Meatballs; salads include Joe Rag’s, Blackened Shrimp Greek and a Caesar; and sandwiches include Porketta de Barracuda, Lombard Street Corned Beef, Italian Cheesesteak, fish and steak tacos, and a few new items. Starters are Jerk Chicken Pasta and Rigatoni Bolognese.

The dining room will have five employees in the kitchen and three on the ground.

Stinchcomb said it was nice to be back with his customers and be able to eat Barracuda food again.

A GoFundMe launched in support of Barracuda has helped keep its full-time staff paid while Barracuda has been shut down. Stinchcomb said Hughes and the Barracuda team tried to make the best of the bad situation.

Barracuda’s operates a drink bar on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the On Brazilian Time food truck at 1302 Key Hwy.

Stinchcomb said they are not setting a timeline for Barracuda’s return to 1230 E. Fort Ave. as they resolve insurance issues and navigate supply chain issues in the construction industry. She called it a “total intestine” and said the fire damaged the upstairs, while the water and smoke destroyed everything but the kitchen. She said they were determined to return to the building.

Photo courtesy of Barracuda

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