For whatever reason, some restaurant locations seem jinxed until the right place comes along. I actually wrote about this in an earlier post, but I didn't think of turning it into a Top Ten until Donny B suggested it.
What's the point of bringing up the former occupants that have failed in a certain location? Jiffy asked in that earlier post.
Well, for one thing you can have an interesting discussion about why the current restaurant is probably going to flourish, if it is.
The reasons are varied. For instance, the restaurants that failed in Green Spring Station after Harvey's closed all had one owner in common who is not involved with Tark's Grill, the current restaurant in that space.
Tabrizi's has a better chance of succeeding than its predecessors because a community of townhouses and apartments has grown up in Harborview around the restaurant location.
And so on.
In some cases, I don't know why the current restaurant is doing well where others didn't; if you have any insights -- or even guesses -- please post below.
Also, I did the best I could in listing the former occupants of the space, but it wasn't always easy to track them down and I may have left some out. If so, please correct me.
In the interest of geographical diversity, I wanted to include an Annapolis location. Features columnist Susan Reimer, who lives there, told me the space at 1803 West St. in Annapolis where Lime opened had had lots of former tenants, but she couldn't remember any of them, so it didn't get included. But anyway, it's not just Baltimore restaurant spaces.
Here's my list. The order is address, current occupant (if there is one; otherwise a question mark) and former restaurants in parentheses: ...
* 606 S. Broadway, Fells Point. Currently ? (Crabby Dick's, Captain Louie's Seafood Grill, Foster's Restaurant, Foster's Oyster Bar, Something Fishy, Baltimore Jack)
* 885 N. Howard St., Antique Row. Currently Night of the Cookers (Gambrino's Spanish Restaurant, Southern Blues, Britton's, Leilani's). Thanks to kimmer 1850 for coming up with most of these.
* 1200 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon. Currently Sammy's Trattoria (Limoges Gourmet Bistro, Tampico Mexican Grill, Harry's Bar)
* 500 Harborview Dr., South Baltimore. Currently Tabrizi's (Lillies, South Harbor Tavern, J. Leonard's Waterside, Pier 500)
* 845 S. Montford Ave., Canton. Currently Red Fish (Red Fish under at least two other owners, Weber's on Boston, New Orleans Grille, Stars)
* 802 N. Charles St. Currently Indigma (Saffron, Ruby Lounge under two different owners, Donna's Ruby Lounge, Donna's Restaurant, BOP)
* 106 W. Padonia Road, Timonium. Currently Christopher Daniel (Palermo's, Parlay Cafe, Rothwells, Courtney's). Thanks to Donny B for suggesting this one; I wouldn't have thought of it.
* 2360 Joppa Road, Suite 116, Green Spring Station. Currently Tark's Grill (Longo's, Mick & Tony's Baltimore Prime, City Crab & Seafood Company, Towne Hall, Harvey's)
* 554 E. Fort Ave. Currently ? (Sly Fox Pub, Soigne, Lynn's, Cup of Gold Cafe)
* 3123 Elliott St., Currently Jack's Bistro (Elliott St. Bar & Grille, La Vida Loca, Dooby's)
For other suggestions, look at the excellent comment by Jamie under the earlier post.
My review of Sammy's Trattoria opened with this theory, which still amuses me:
"A friend who eats with me regularly has a conspiracy theory about restaurants that keep opening and closing in one location. He thinks the way to succeed in the business would be to get a long-term lease and every two or three years close down and reopen with a new name, new concept and new staff. That's about the length of time it takes for a hot new restaurant to become yesterday's news. If things aren't going well, you can close down and reopen after six months, like a Broadway show."
(Barbara Haddock Taylor/Sun photographer)