Dive Bar & Grille will replace the spot left by Rams Head Tavern in June.

The void left behind by Rams Head Tavern's closure in Historic Savage Mill is being filled, and sooner than we expected. Dive Bar & Grille, a restaurant chain based in Pennsylvania, will be opening a new location in the retail shopping complex this summer. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball appeared alongside owner Clint Kuskie to announce the news at a press conference earlier this month.

"Historic Savage Mill is a one-of-a-kind location for Dive Bar & Grill in Howard County, and this is welcome news for our residents and visitors alike who are eager to get back into enjoying meals out with family and friends," Ball said in a statement. "After a year of challenges and setbacks for our restaurant industry, we're excited to see this space transform and invite more foot traffic to an area we all know is unique.”

Located in the mill's Carding Building, there will be three floors for dining, patio seating, and a deck overlooking the Patuxent River. It's the chain's first location outside Pennsylvania and their sixth total.

Much like Rams Head, they're family-owned and specialize in pub-inspired fare. Guests can order stacked burgers, seafood, and bar staples like nachos and pretzel sticks.

Rams Head Tavern shut its doors last May, marking an end to its 20-year history at the Mill and the first restaurant to close in Howard County. The Mill formerly operated as a cotton mill between the 19th and 20th centuries before transforming into a vibrant shopping center.

The new location is set to open in June, which comes in time for the warm summer months. Jay Winer, the Mill's General Managing Partner says the chain will "usher in a fresh look and great menu" and will be "a great addition to our community." Kuskie expressed gratitude for the welcoming response from the community. “I can’t thank everyone enough for helping to make this a reality. We hope to have a great place for everyone to come visit soon.”  

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