Its a sad day when one of your favorite restaurants closes. There are a lot of Baltimore restaurants that have closed thus far in 2017. Here are three we will miss the most. Rest in Peace!
There are so many delicious places to dine in Baltimore that sometimes the competition is just too much. Maybe a restaurant owner was ready to retire from the exhausting late nights that owning a restaurant requires, or maybe they want to make way for something bigger and better!
There a number of Baltimore restaurants that closed this year, for a variety of reasons. Here are three of the restaurants we will miss the most.
Camden Pub, W. Pratt Street, Downtown
Camden Pub had been open for over 25 years when it closed its doors on February 1, 2o17. The pub on west Pratt street long attracted attendees of Orioles' baseball games, University if Maryland Medical students and staff; with classic bar fare, wings, and draft Natty Boh, the pub was a place of comfort to Baltimore locals and visitors alike.
The owner, James "Pat" Liberto, ended lunch service in January due to lack of business. Liberto told the Baltimore Sun
that even after that change, “It got to the point where I was opening on, say, a Monday, and I’m just trying to make enough money to open the next day,” Liberto said. “It finally hit me one day: What am I doing? I had to stop the bleeding.”
Liberto said that 2014 was the best year the restaurant had ever seen, but that the unrest in Baltimore in April 2015 resulted in a loss of some $30,000 in business from which he was never able to recover.
Colette, N. Charles Street, Station North
This trendy French bistro in the equally as trendy Station North neighborhood closed its doors in late May. Chef-owner Adrien Aeschliman opened Colette in February 2016 at 1709 N. Charles St.; Aeschliman also owns the much smaller sister restaurant, Bottega, which had been open at 1729 Maryland Ave since 2013. There is good news, though, as Colette has actually been replaced by Bottega.
In 2015, Aeschliman made news when he took a 5-month break
at Bottega, a tiny BYOB Italian trattoria, and promised to open a new, larger restaurant in the popular Hampden neighborhood. When the restaurant reopened in the same location, locals were thrilled to have their favorite restaurant back open, but miffed about why there was not a new location. Now it seems the closure of Colette will finally allow Aeschliman to follow through on his promise of providing a larger restaurant. Bottega has gone from the small 25-seat dining room on Maryland Ave, to the 75-seats at Colette's old N. Charles St location.
opened on N. Charles in mid-June.
This upscale restaurant in the posh Harbor East neighborhood long ranked as one of the best in Baltimore
, so its January 4 closure shocked some of its dedicated diners. Fleet Street was previously owned by the Bagby Restaurant group, but in November the Atlas group acquired Fleet Street along with Ten Ten Bistro
The new restaurant concept to replace Fleet Street is called "Tagliata;" the Italian chophouse will serve the fare of chef Julian Marucci. Marucci left Foreman Wolf's Cinghiale
alongside David Goodman
in October 2016, and both chefs partnered up with Atlas Group to make Tagliata a reality. Tagliata claims that it will have the largest wine list in the city, along with 10 different cuts of meat and Marucci's fresh pastas.
They are currently advertising a Summer 2017 opening, and their Facebook suggests
that the day of the opening is inching closer and closer.
What Baltimore restaurant will you miss the most? Let us know in the comments below.