New Venture: Underwater Dining in Annapolis

A submarine is the latest proposal for new dining in Annapolis

Restaurant would be moored in the harbor.

Dining in Annapolis is about to see a new concept. Sure, Annapolis boasts many fine dining establishments on the water, but a new venture by a local family of restaurateurs is introducing a new dinging concept that will have you dining under the water by this summer.

New Concept For Waterfront Dining In Annapolis

Chet and Thaddeus Fox, two of the 43 Fox brothers who own either a restaurant or bar in Annapolis, announced that they will be opening a conceptual gastro pub at City Dock by mid-July. The twist? The restaurant will be inside a decommissioned World War I era submarine moored at the mouth of Ego Alley, across from Susan Campbell Park.

“I don’t know if you’ve checked out rents downtown lately, but they’re out of hand,” said Chet Fox. “Plus, it takes forever to get all of the required permits from the fifty thousand city departments, none of whom are in a particular hurry to get them to you. So we had to do some creative thinking and, frankly, I think we’ve hit it out of the park on this one.”

His brother, Thaddeus, agreed, adding that it was their attorney who discovered that the city of Annapolis exempted naval vessels from all municipal codes at the end of the 19th century, during the Spanish-American War. The exemption does not differentiate between active-duty vessels and those that are decommissioned. That was the loophole that the brothers were looking for.

“That was the gamechanger,” laughed Chet. “No permits, no zoning, no hassle with city bureaucracy. And if the downtown business ever dries up, we can just tow the restaurant to a new location within a matter of hours.”

The vessel, itself, is an S-class submarine constructed for the U.S. Navy in 1920 and decommissioned in 1944. It was purchased by the Fox’s broker during a Navy surplus auction in Norfolk, Virginia in October of last year and will be towed to Annapolis by a contractor in April. At 227 feet, it will be one of the larger vessels in the harbor.

City Reaction

“There is a lot of concern about its size, especially considering where they plan on mooring it, right smack-dab in the middle of the harbor,” said a city official, who asked to remain unnamed. “The city attorney is looking into it but our hands might be tied on this one. We like to see new businesses opening in town, but we also like to be able to regulate them. This is an ominous precedent.”

Although the plans for the restaurant are firm, the name is still in the air, with both “The Seawolf” or “Bubble Heads” as contenders.

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  1. Captain Chris says:

    This doesn’t look like an S boat – its too round…Check yr friggin facts, Jack!

    • Patrick McGrath says:

      The sub in that pic is photoshopped in. But you’re right, that’s not an S-boat.

    • gordo says:

      “The Crabwrapper is a satire news organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. The content on here, while often grounded in reality, is generally ridiculous crap that we make up and should be treated as such.”

  2. Sean says:

    I don’t want to be ‘that guy’ but it’s intriguing to me that individuals with enough money are able to skirt the legal and financial requirements that other start-ups in and around Annapolis wouldn’t be able to avoid. Kudos to their ingenuity, but shame on the flagrant disregard for business regulations. Just because something is technically legal, should it be exploited for a profit?

    • Lewis says:

      I love the “ominous precedent” quote from the city bureaucrat. Federal and State (MD) law will still apply. This will not be some sort of rogue, unregulated business. More over the top drama to stir the uninformed masses.

    • gordo says:

      “The Crabwrapper is a satire news organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. The content on here, while often grounded in reality, is generally ridiculous crap that we make up and should be treated as such.”

  3. Heinz says:

    These guys are seriously considering doing underwater dining and thats the picture they photoshop? Embarrassing execution and if that’s they effort they put into their advertising I’m afraid to think what kind of effort would be put into the actual restaurant. What’s there to see underwater in Annapolis harbor anyway, stupid idea. Who would want to be underwater when you could be looking out at the harbor, they are idiots if they actually think this is a good idea. I will say that I’m all for circumnavigating the ridiculousness of Annapolis bureaucracy but this is a little out of hand.

  4. Jessica says:

    Love this! Greatest idea in a long time!!!

  5. Noreen says:

    Don’t they realize that realize our water looks like poop and you can’t see through it?

  6. Kb says:

    Satire + April 1 fools! As always so many ready to criticise online content.

  7. Phillip Collins says:

    Please don’t junk-up a “BEAUTIFUL HARBOR” with a junky-ass submarine !!!

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