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June 19, 2009

Lucy's Irish Pub to close

lucys irish pub baltimoreLucy's Irish Pub, the massive bar/restaurant at 21 N. Eutaw St., will close Sunday evening, a manager confirmed.

The pub, formerly Maggie Moore's, has experienced a drop in business, and could reopen in September, the manager told me.

Personally, I'd be shocked if Lucy's reopens a few months from now -- at least under its current owners.

Usually, when a bar/restaurant says it's closing for an extended period of time, it doesn't reopen. It's either sold or left to languish.

Either way, this is a big blow to the city's struggling West Side ...

Several years ago, after the Hippodrome reopened and anchored the revitalization, a series of bars and restaurants opened around it. The two most prominent spots were Maggie Moore's and Bedrock. Bedrock closed last December.

Lucy's being out of the picture -- even for a few months -- is bad news for the neighborhood. I wonder what will happen there, and also at the old Bedrock space. As far as I know, the Bedrock space is still vacant and in need of a new owner.

(Sun photo by Algerina Perna)


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:00 AM | | Comments (15)
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I went there for a dinner once, very nice place, but you hit the nail on the head Sam, the place is massive. The overhead at that place has to be outrageous. Sorry to see a nice place go. There didn't seem to have a lot of people living in the area that could help a place sustain itself.

I wondered if something was up - we had dinner at Lucy's last night before seeing Spring Awakening at the Hippodrome. The menu available was just a tiny subset of the menu on their website (no fish & chips at an Irish bar?), the kitchen was slow, and the staff was friendly but a little frazzled. I hope someone can maintain that space, though - it's beautiful inside & out.

I was supposed to have my rehearsal dinner there in a month, and just found out about this last night.The owners and employees have been a great help in trying to find me a new location. It's so sad, their menu was amazing and so were all the employees. Who can get mad at them when you know that they will be out of a job as well?

Hope they reopen in the fall, even though my rehearsal dinner will be done and over with, they are good people who deserve to have such a great restaurant - as does the west side of Baltimore. We need this in Baltimore to revitalize the always floundering west side. There aren't enough restaurants near the Hippodrome as it is!

Every time I've visited there, the place seemed pretty busy (even on off hours). I even had to wait for a table of a Tuesday a couple months ago. The massive size of the place must have made it unmanageable. Though I haven't been in it, I believe there's a new bar next door now. Maybe that had an effect on their decision?

Neither Lucy's nor Maggie Moore's ever learned how to properly handle the theater traffic. They never managed to get people in and out quickly enough to make it to the show on time.

We've been several times before a show and even when we allow plenty of time, we were still cutting it close.

It never made sense to me how they wouldn't let you order salads or sandwiches before a show, saying that sandwiches and salads take too long.

It's a great location and a beautiful building so I hope another better restaurant soon takes it place.

actually, I hate to be the one to say this, but big venues like this could use a chain restaurant. with the closeness of the Harbor, there's no reason why the westside couldn't be a little more like the area in DC around Chinatown.
Take the Redwood Trust for instance. That place would make an awesome Dave and Busters!

My only experience with Lucy's was as a musician. We were booked to play there and the management canceled the show 2 days before. They also had trouble keeping track of their schedule and on two separate occaisions had to send out mass emails because they couldn't remember who played when. Hopefully someone more competent takes over the space because its a beautiful building.

They should let me in on running that joint if they want business.

Liam -- don't you already help run it?

Lucy's had great food but it was pricey. Old style pubs that are ran successfully don't out-price their audience. The Westside residents are comprised mostly of graduate students and residents from UMD. They are on budgets and can't afford to spend $17 on a salad that is great, but it isn't practical. They needed to cater to the Hippodrome for the theatre season, but they also needed to cater to the budget-minded demographic of the neighborhood that is there year-round.

A funny experience at that place: Went there for drinks before Widespread about two years ago, the waiter comes over and starts talking in a Irish accent and we all look up at the waiter and then we notice that he's someone that went to high school with us in Baltimore County, not County Cork. I guess the fake Irish accent didn't pay off, gave a good laugh though!

I like the place but the food is WAY, WAY overpriced.

JMG,

Good call. Redwood Trust would make a great Dave & Busters.

Was this the same bar opened as part of the BoA / Hippodrome area rehab?

I too was supposed to have my rehearsal dinner there in October and when I called about 2 months ago to finalize the menu and put a deposit down, they told me they were closed indefinitely. Now I find out that they are a vendor at the Baltimore Bridal Show this weekend as a "rehearsal dinner" location. Not sure if this is a mistake or not but I am thoroughly disappointed with them. My fiance and I looked all over for another place to fit as many people as we have for our rehearsal dinner and now that they are going to be open again...it would have been nice to get a call. We might have gone back. Now they won't get my business. Shame for me because I really liked their food and ambiance. A shame for them..they would have gotten a lot of my business. It was our regular spot before every show at the Hippodrome.

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