Welcome to MaGerk’s Pub & Grill, established in 2000 by John and Paul Dolaway. MaGerk’s Pub gets its name from John Dolaways’ three daughters. He took the first initials from their first and middle names and arranged them to get MaGerk(’s). It was the perfect name for the Pub. John was determined to have the best Cheese Steaks outside of Philly and the Dolaways had a vision for Philly Cheese Steaks in a gentrified neighborhood of Baltimore called Federal Hill.
Finding a great location next to The Cross Street Market, they underwent renovations on an old beat up building. The outcome was a shiny new pub on the corner of Charles Street and Cross Street. MaGerk’s Pub became a popular watering hole for the post-collegiate, young adults moving to the area. In 2002, when the bar next door to them posted a for sale sign, it was an easy purchase. The expansion made MaGerk’s Pub even more popular. The popularity of the Philly Cheese Steaks was becoming legend in Baltimore.
Our secret to a great Cheese Steak is the roll. Our rolls come from the Conshohocken Bakery outside of Philadelphia. The rolls have a nice crusty outside and a soft center. This is the perfect balance for the steak and the cheese. The rolls are delivered several times a week.
If you are not sure which number to order, ask your server or bartender. They each have their own favorite Cheese Steak. MaGerk’s Pub is not the original in Cheese Steaks and that’s why we recognize the classics. The #4 pays homage to Pat’s and Geno’s, located on the corner of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue in Downtown Philadelphia, and the #5 is a twin of the Schmitter that comes from McNallys. You are bound to find a favorite with these selections!
In 2006, the Dolaways opened a second location in Bel Air, Maryland. This time, the location was even bigger. MaGerk’s Pub in Bel Air has a full menu in addition to the famous Cheese Steaks. There is a spacious patio, 4 bars, and tons of tables for dining. This location is also popular for hosting private events. There are several rooms that can be rented for all types of occasions.
In 2009, the Dolaways were at it again. This time they headed home to Pennsylvania. The location they found was a historic pub known as the Bent Elbo located in Fort Washington. They quickly renovated the legendary building and put the MaGerk’s Pub touch on it. This venue is now flourishing with new life and a bustling crowd hungry for their hometown favorites.
Never satisfied with the status quo, the Dolaways are adding another location in Pennsylvania. The latest and greatest MaGerk’s Pub will open in 2015 in Horsham, PA.
No matter which location you visit, you can feel the Philadelphia brotherly love in the Cheese Steaks. Make sure you find your favorite number and come back for it often!