Liff, Walsh & Simmons and Hammond Wilson obtain special exception for largest downtown Annapolis restaurant approval on City Dock.


Liff, Walsh & Simmons partner and Land Use Practice Director Phil Dales and Leo Wilson of Hammond Wilson architects made the case for a new restaurant at the well-known 110 Compromise Street site (the former “Fawcett’s Building”) to the Annapolis Board of Appeals.  The final approval allows for nearly 500 seats distributed across two levels and three restaurant spaces. Notably, the approval will add nearly 200 of those 500 as outdoor waterfront dining seating along famous Ego Alley. Hammond Wilson’s building design delivers incredible views of the City Dock and the Chesapeake Bay as well as increased public access to the water’s edge. The Board of Appeals decision follows several other approvals from the Historic Preservation Commission and various City officials. Said Phil Dales, “We’re all looking forward to having this prominent location come to life with the sound of clinking glasses and happy diners”!


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Liff, Walsh & Simmons is a full-service business law firm serving the legal needs of small businesses and privately held companies, their owners and operators, and individuals throughout their business and family life cycles.  From helping entrepreneurs bring their business visions to market, to representing middle-market companies in business transactions and disputes, to preserving the wealth that a family business has worked so hard to earn, we take pride in providing value-driven solutions and great results.  Our responsive service is focused on general and transactional business advice, commercial and civil litigation, real estate, land use, finance, and estate planning and administration.  At Liff, Walsh & Simmons, we are Experienced, Innovative, and Entrepreneurial.


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Phil Dales

Phil Dales

Phil Dales is a Partner with Liff, Walsh & Simmons and a member of the firm’s Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Practice Groups. He counsels clients on zoning matters, including rezonings, variances, special exceptions, planned development applications and comprehensive planning. He also assists clients with building permits, liquor licensing, administrative law, real property, commercial landlord tenant disputes, and litigation issues. He has obtained favorable decisions for clients from the Circuit Court to the Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court. Contact Phil at or at (443) 569-0580

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