(March 7, 2014) Cowboy Coast Country Saloon is taking over the space that housed the 17th Street Party Block, thanks to a new owner’s idea to bring a country bar to Ocean City.
Pasadena’s Mark Bogosh plans to open the new bar and restaurant the first week of May, once renovations are completed, he said. The spot will come complete with a larger stage area he hopes will attract local and national country music acts as well as a mechanical bull in the former Rush bar.
“Country music is really, really popular and it’s popular across all age demographics,” Bogosh said. “It’s just something I felt that would do well in the town.”
A Maryland native, Bogosh began a life-long bond with Ocean City like many do, as a youth taking summer vacations to the resort with his family.
He noticed an “unmet need” in the resort and took to the Party Block’s Rush, Paddock Night Club and The Big Kahuna to revamp the space into a country bar and restaurant.
To give the former party haven a down-home feel, Bogosh is using everything from barn wood to corrugated metal in the renovation. Workers were building a mechanical bull last week, which will be the centerpiece of the old Rush bar.
They’re also expanding the stage and viewing area to attract local and national country music singers at least four days a week, Bogosh said.
“We’re making a lot of changes, just really touching up the place,” he said. “It’ll be a nice experience.”
In addition to the bar, Cowboy Coast will serve a unique menu of barbeque, chicken fried steak, quesadillas, barbeque briskets and more for lunch and dinner.
Bogosh got his start in the service industry at 14 washing dishes, he said. He’s bartended from Hawaii to the Caribbean, though his most recent venture is in Canton, Baltimore, where he owns Plug Ugly’s Publick House.
Opened two years ago, that bar has a “Gangs of New York” feel and is more seafood-oriented with a raw bar, Bogosh said.
Now, he’ll be in Ocean City five or six days a week working on his new project.
So far, the online response to Cowboy Coast has been “great,” he said. “Everyone from 21-year-olds to 71-year-olds has been interested in what we’re doing.”
Bogosh isn’t sure whether Cowboy Coast will be a year-round venture yet, but he’s hopeful that locals and country music fans will frequent the spot beyond the summer.
“We’re excited to be in Ocean City. We’re looking forward to meeting everybody when we open and, for the long term, being a part of the community,” he said.
Bogosh hopes to finish renovations and open Cowboy Coast the first weekend in May, with the restaurant and bar open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
To keep up with concert schedules, the grand opening celebration and more, follow Cowboy Coast on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CowboyCoast.