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A Brief History of 1600 Frederick Road Catonsville , Maryland


Matthew's 1600 Restaurant & Bar as it appears today is much larger than the original building, The Terminal Hotel. Built circa 1862, it was the waiting station at the end of the line for the newly formed Frederick Road horse-car line.

James Williams Stoddard (1866-1961) was one of the drivers for the horse-car line in 1883 and by the late 1880's he purchased The Terminal Hotel. In the 1890's, Mr. Stoddard added a frame structure adjoining the east side of the hotel which he named the " Palm Garden ".

With the advent of electricity, the horse-car line was to yield to the electric streetcar in the 1890's.

In the 1920's The Terminal Hotel was purchased from Mr. Stoddard by Sidney Reinach and the name was changed to "Reinach's". Mr. Reinach added an elevated trellised porch on the west side of the building. Decorated with colored lights and an oom-pah band playing, it had the appearance in the summer months of an old-fashioned German Beer Garden .

From 1950 to 1975 the building was known as "The Ridgeway Inn". In 1976 the building was operating as "Snyder's West" followed by Jules Loverde's disco in 1980, Russell's Ltd. in 1984, and then "The Warfside Inn" in the 1990's.

In 2003 and the early part of 2004, the building was completely renovated and upgraded. Matthew's 1600 Restaurant & Bar opened July 06, 2004 and is owned and operated by Al & Lori Parsons and their three sons, Russell, Matthew, and Daniel.

1600 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228 - Telephone No: 410.788.2500
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