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August 30, 2010

Rafters is closed

Yesterday was the last day for Rafters as we know it, according to Sun crime reporter Peter Hermann.

The South Baltimore bar, famous for having Formstone inside and out, had a closing celebration last night, Hermann said. Rafters could be re-purposed and re-opened in the coming weeks.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:19 PM | | Comments (21)


Crud. Bummer.

south baltimore steelers fans need a place to watch games!

That's too bad. Enjoyed this place when I did go. I guess I didn't enjoy it enough. Great fried food.

south baltimore steelers fans can go watch steelers game in the middle of the beltway during rush hour.

to not a steelers fan,

does that mean they can watch amongst standstill traffic? that would actually be pretty safe.

@steelers fan - both bars welcome all fans of all teams. We have every game on every Sunday. Feel free to bring all your friends to try to take the place over.

Hopefully the guys at Rafters got their price, they had a nice local following. I wish them the best. Once again, every place has it's price and everything is for sale.

Rafters is being turned into Red Hill Tavern and should be open this weekend:

Prediction based on names alone:

Red Hill Tavern - lobster mac n' cheese, $5 drafts

Barracuda's - more like Truman's than Luca's, possibly inbetween, like Banners or something

*if i'm right i get a cookie

Sam- who's this Renee Libby? There's only one bar reporter in all of Baltimore and that is The Sam Sessa!!!

We will drive her out like Tim Lumber!


Chocolate chip?

So... incredibly... disappointed

Evan, Red Hill Tavern is too small for lobster mac n cheese- I see it staying pretty much the same way- minus formstone, but with good food.

Barracudas- I think that you are right with that one. I just hope that they don't bring in the Malibu and Red Strip surfboards and try to make it a beach club with Malibu fishbowls!

$3.50 Miller Lite drafts and $4.50 Heavy Seas at both places. I don't forsee any price gauging on Fort Avenue. Nobody is that dumb. Sorry Nasu Blanca!!!

@anon;) Hmm, not very nice, but no worries - I have no plans to pursue nightlife writing. Not my bit.

Any word on whatever happened to Rafters? Are they open, close, sold?

They are closed and presently for sale.

Wow. That makes Rafters, Lagers, Tysons, Shortys, Crossroads, L.P Steamers, and Club Choices all for sale. What does that tell you? Don't PLURALIZE your name!

Lagers is for sale? Didn't that just get new ownership recently?

I know "every" bar is for sale ... but damn

Lagers brought in the manager from Hummers, not a new owner. Same posted about it in Jan. They have had the bar listed for quite some time.

Sorry, meant Sam not same

I missed a few: Spirits Tavern, Nadias, Pearl's, Brennan's Pub, and Birches. For the 'urban pioneers' there's Rare Soul, the Lava Lounge and last but not least, the Star-lite lounge. Or you could buy the place that was Chav and rene's (which isn't open) The guy bought it, renovated it and is selling it. Not trying to be a mr. know-it-all, just trying to inform.

@Rube- it's not being a know-it-all, it just means that you have access to a computer and you can look up businesses that are for say.

Tough business, every wants a deal or a hook up.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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