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December 7, 2010

Next season will be last one for Obrycki's on Pratt Street

obryckiNext year will be the last year for Obrycki's restaurant on Pratt Street.

The storied crab house will open on the third Thursday in March, as it has for years. But when it closes next November, it will be for good, according to Rob Cernak, whose parents, Rose and Richard Cernak, purchased the original Obrycki's in 1976

"We made the decision," Cernak said, "entirely for quality of life issues." Cernak added that  business was up 16 percent this past year from the previous one.

Cernak said that there is the possibility of another crab house coming into the Pratt Street location, even one selling crabs using the exclusive Obrycki's recipe. But such a place will not be called Obrycki's.

The Cernak family will continue on with Obrycki's mail-order and satellite operations, including restaurants at Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport and Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

When Cernak and his sisters told their mother about their decision to close the Pratt Street restaurant, he said she told them, "I can't wait  to see what people have to say, but I'll be really upset it they didn't talk about us."

Rose Cernak died on Sept. 26.
Posted by Richard Gorelick at 5:15 PM | | Comments (23)
        

Comments

nice article, richard. just had great crabcakes, beleive it or not at phillips last nite!

So sad to see a landmark of our city close.
This crab house was know around the country. They were always there to help me WOW the guest visiting our city.
Dee O'Horan CTA
President Baltimore Area Concierge Association

I'm just glad it had nothing to do with liberal, er, uh, I mean, progressive, politicians.

nice place that veers away from the typical cram seasonings, but $18 for a pitcher of miller beer is a little expensive .

Funny....I remember Rob when he ran thir crab shack up on Sherwood Ave in Idlewood (The Alameda extended). Great family

I live in Boca in South Florida. Next you'll be telling me that The Pimlico Hotel, Danny's, Smitty's, Haussners, and The Toddle House will someday also close. What is the purpose of coming back to Balamer? To see the Orioles? Not.

I live in Boca in South Florida. Next you'll be telling me that The Pimlico Hotel, Danny's, Smitty's, Haussners, and The Toddle House will someday also close. What is the purpose of coming back to Balamer? To see the Orioles? Not.

Are you sure all those place are STILL OPEN? I thought Haussner's was closed already, and Danny's. But if I am wrong, well, guess it just isn't so.

Their seasoning is simply black pepper. I never enjoyed going there. Looking forward to Mike's Crab House opening up their 'North' location on East Pratt in 2012.

Yeah, stay there, nostalgia grandpa.

I guess "nostalgia grandpa" fits me fine. Wait til you get to be 66 and people, places and things are no longer around. Tonight in South Florida it's going down to 40 and these old bones are feeling it. Why are you anonymous? Be proud to let the Sun readers know who you are. Do I now have your permission to come back to Baltimore?

Could we maybe pronounce it properly for the last year?

Oh- BRITZ-keys

You know, the way Wayne Gretzsky is pronounced the same as Polish composer Gorecki

allanbstark, ignore Anonymous. There are plenty of people here who remember as you do, and can steer you to some wonderful new places as well. And put on a warm sweater, hon.

Over priced and overrated. Now, if Bill's Terrace Inn closes, I'll cry.

Over priced and overrated. Now, if Bill's Terrace Inn closes, I'll cry.

I vaguely remember going there a very long time ago. It had the ambiance of a VFW basement combined with plastic stuff.

Gotta love the old people hate. Learn to embrace change instead of resisting it. This way, you don't spend the last years of your life being grumpy and hating anything that smacks of youth.

"Could we maybe pronounce it properly for the last year?

Oh- BRITZ-keys

You know, the way Wayne Gretzsky is pronounced the same as Polish composer Gorecki

Posted by: Owl Meat Gravyski | December 7, 2010 10:05 PM"

I don't believe that. You contradict yourself. It is Obricki's as plain as day.

What Liz said plus HEY YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN.

Nostalgia is time cancer

Also, be honest with yourself about your lack of driving ability. It's irresponsible, selfish and dangerous. Just think about it this way: do you want to live with yourself if your driving ends up killing a child? A child who had yet to experience many years of life? All so you can keep your "independence" for a few years before you drop dead? Disgusting.

And yes, I realize I'm ranting. But I just cannot stand the way our society coddles the elderly just because we're all afraid of death and are scared to be honest about the cycle of life. We're so concerned about allowing elderly citizens "dignity" and "equal rights" that we ignore when they are already acting without dignity or immorally. Ok, I'm done now.

66 is hardly "elderly" these days. And treating your fellow human beings with respect and kindness -- though their opinions may not be exactly the same as yours -- is hardly coddling.

I did not see that swerve coming.

Interesting that no non-shills have anything good to say about the food.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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