‘Topside Outside’ Launches Featuring Baltimore-Inspired Street Mural

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Mount Vernon boutique hotel welcomes guests for a picturesque outdoor dining experience through October. (Courtesy photo)

By AFRO Staff

In response to the pandemic, the changing demands of consumers, and the shift in the expectations of the hospitality industry, the award-winning Hotel Revival today launched “Topside Outside,” its first outdoor dining space looking onto the Washington Monument and surrounded by a Baltimore-themed mural by local artist Will Watson.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Topside outdoors so we can continue to do what we do best—offer delicious food in a fun, inclusive atmosphere,” said Donte Johnson, general manager of Hotel Revival. “Topside Outside not only features a picturesque view of the Washington Monument, but it’s surrounded by a Baltimore-inspired street mural by the incredibly talented Will Watson. With the new space and this beautiful piece of art, we hope to see new faces as we begin this new chapter of Topside.”

Located off Monument Street in the hotel’s former valet lane, Topside Outside offers socially distanced seating and a menu crafted by Executive Chef Justin Vaiciunas, who recently joined the Hotel Revival team. The restaurant will also offer craft cocktails by the Topside bar team and a signature drinks. 

In addition to delectable dishes and clever cocktails, Topside Outside offers a colorful mural designed by Watson, detailing different cultural elements and landmarks of Baltimore including the Washington Monument and a park bench that reads, “Baltimore, Greatest City in America.”

Mount Vernon boutique hotel welcomes guests for a picturesque outdoor dining experience through October. (Courtesy photo)

“This is my largest mural to date,” said Watson. “The people, the places, and the color-filled experiences of Baltimore are acknowledged by the images and symbols, which capture the love that radiates from this City.”

Hotel Revival is also displaying several pieces of Watson’s artwork for guests to view on the first floor of the hotel throughout the month of September. An artist and activist, Watson received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Baltimore’s own Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Since then, Watson’s work has been featured in numerous galleries in Baltimore, New York, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Chicago and others. He is known to integrate his passion for activism into his work in an effort to promote social change.

Topside Outside is open through Oct. 31, and will be open on Monday through Saturday from 3-10 p.m., for happy hour and dinner, and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for brunch and dinner. Follow @topsidebmore to stay up to date on what’s cooking at Topside Outside.