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April 18, 2009

Baltimore Chop is closed

baltimore chopBaltimore Chop (pictured), the coffeeshop, bookstore and live music venue in Ridgely's Delight, has closed, according to owner Andy Rubin.

"It's been slower and slower around here over a long period of time now, and on top of that I've been busy on some major projects for Baltimore Glass Works and 31 Tigers Records, the other two things I do in life, and so I took some time to attend to them while kind of having accordioned hours," he wrote in a Facebook message ...

"And I was tired of losing a lot of money ... Sad to leave my neighborhood, although my house is still here."

That's really a shame, because Baltimore Chop showcased some great local authors, as well as up-and-coming musicians in an intimate acoustic setting.

Andy, I wish you all the best in your future projects.

(Sun photo by Lloyd Fox) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:42 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


it also didn't help that there is a huge "for sale" sign above the shop.

This is a shame. I saw Stephen Simmons play there last year and it was one of the most intimate venues I could ever have seen him in. And there isn't really anywhere else in town for him to play (though he draws major crowds elsewhere), or for people like him to play (though they also draw great crowds elsewhere)..

And Andy was great, as was Elvis the dog. I was really happy there, it was a great night.

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