New Taphouse Emphasizes Family, Good Food

The restaurant formally known as Rodz n Rydz has undergone renovations and presents a brand new atmosphere.

For those of you familiar with the former Rodz n Rydz, if you were to walk into the newly renamed Taphouse you would be quite surprised.

Gone are the pool tables, foosball tables and the lingering smell of a night of drinking gone astray. Instead there are tables, chairs, a fireplace and an outside seating area perfect for kids. 

If you were to ask Taphouse’s three managers, Geoff Freitag, William Howard and Chris Rigney, why they made such a drastic change they would be perfectly honest and candid in their response.

“To get people in the door,” Howard said. “Before people thought it was a biker bar and that kept the local clientele away.”

Taphouse now offers a family-friendly atmosphere—complete with a fenced-in backyard seating for kids to run around—a revamped menu and tables.

“Before we only had like three tables in the entire restaurant and probably only two of them had chairs, and those chairs probably wobbled,” Howard said.  “We used to be a place where you could come and get drunk for cheap. It was really a drinking place before. Now you can bring your family, watch football and let your kids run around outside.”

While all three owners are anxious to talk about their new atmosphere and craft beer selection, it’s the menu that really gets them excited about the product they offer.

Not a single entree on the menu costs more than $17, and when I asked them if they served “typical bar food” they were almost insulted.

“It is definitely not bar food,” Rigney said. “We also produce everything we serve—nothing is bought pre-packaged. Everything is made fresh. We don’t have a chef and we have come up with a really good menu on our own. Our rockfish tacos are going to put us on the map.”

Taphouse also offers a variety of weekly specials along with a Ravens gameday special, which features many discounts. They also offer discounts for first responders and members of the military.

“We have to be the cheapest place in town for the product that we offer,” Howard said. “We are very casual and very friendly. We want it to feel like your house when you come in.”

Added Rigney, “We greet everybody with a 'what’s happening, how are you doing and what are you drinking?'"

Taphouse is located at 58 West Earleigh Heights Road and off of the B&A Trail. For more information call 410-793-5759.

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Thomas November 18, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The pool tables are still here, since I'm sitting right next to them so "gone are the pool tables" is a lie
Nicole Bateman January 10, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Might check this place out! Love me some fish tacos!
priscilla January 24, 2013 at 08:49 PM
I continue to be disapointed by this establishment. The only thing that has changed from the previous Rodz N Rydz to Taphouse, besides the name, is that it doesn't smell like a dirty, fithly, stale frat house bar anymore. The flies that used to hang around the bar and circle around the toilets in the bathroom are gone and the bug zapper that hung so beautifully over the bar is gone. Besides that, this place is still a nightmare. The service here has got to be the WORST I have ever experienced, we have always been served with an attitude and a glare, and I feel like I am inconviencing the bartenders, interupting there personal social hour, where regularly I am positive my bartender has been drunk, as I watched the indivdual drink and drink and stumble around the bar. I have had so many wrong orders, wrong drink orders, (not to mention NO ONE knows how to make a dirty martini! Vodka and triple sec..really? Served in a pint glass?) and just so much attitude. I have NEVER had the correct order, my food continues to be cold, and not to mention, it takes FOREVER. Once a crabcake sandwich took over an hour, and when I asked what was going on, the bartender got mad at me, and when I insisted it be taken off the bill, he slammed his fists on the bar and asked why did I have to be such a dick? His exact words. I am a local, I love patronizing local spots and giving my service to local shop owners, but I have had it with this place.
Jen n butch March 16, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Nice local place close to homedo great food guys are great bar tenders good time
Jen n butch March 16, 2013 at 04:56 PM
ice local place close to home great food guys are great bar tenders good time love it
Gary Shawen April 15, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Gary-n-Madalyn love the Rockfish Tacos and the Crabby fries !..good friendly bartenders, and nice atmosphere....fun place to go..


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