Inside the Headlines: David Nevins, President of the Center Club

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With its location only a stone’s throw from Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, it seemed a natural fit for the Center Club, long known as Baltimore’s premiere private business and dining club, to turn to Baltimore Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos to lend his team’s name to its new casual alternative dining option. The Orioles Pub at the Club, the new sports pub and grill that opened in early September in the former Grill Room on the 16th floor of 100 Light Street, was born out of a Center Club lunch between Angelos and David Nevins, owner of marketing communications firm Nevins & Associates and president of the Center Club.

At the lunch, Angelos, a long-time member and frequent user of the Center Club, agreed to donate the majority of renovation costs of the new pub and granted rights for the Center Club to be the first outside organization to use the Orioles name.

“The opening of the Orioles Pub, thanks to the generosity of Peter Angelos, is transformational for the Center Club,” said Nevins. “It makes us unique among city clubs and helps us attract new and younger members who often prefer a more casual and fun environment to entertain guests. That will help us achieve of our goal of growing the Club’s membership to 2500 in the coming years.”

In addition to the regular Club dining menu, the pub offers more casual fare such as salads, flatbreads and burgers. It also features an open kitchen, a raw bar, ten large screen televisions and high top tables, booths, and a lounge area. Another draw of the pub is its rotating exhibit of Baltimore sports memorabilia, including Baltimore Sun front pages highlighting the biggest moments in Baltimore’s unique sports history.

“I am delighted to help the Center Club with the creation of the Orioles Pub. I’m a big fan of what it has done for Baltimore’s business community,” said Angelos. “It’s a great place to go have an excellent meal and cheer on the Orioles during their games.”

Nevins noted that the casual dress code will allow Center Club members to come for a meal before taking in a Ravens or Orioles game, something that they couldn’t do with the more formal dress code in the main dining room.

The Center Club was established by a group of Baltimore business and community leaders in 1962, the same year as the completion of the first building in the then new Charles Center.  At a time when country clubs and business dining clubs were exclusive, The Center Club was the first of its kind to open its doors to members, regardless of race, gender and religion.  That spirit is alive today, providing the business community with a facility that offers the highest quality dining and service in a congenial atmosphere.  Serving nearly 2,000 members, The Center Club now occupies the 15th and 16th floors of 100 Light Street, and offers members private meeting rooms, numerous special events, and reciprocal privileges with 100 private clubs in major cities worldwide. 

 

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