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February 15, 2011

Canton's Clutch is closed

The Canton sports lounge Clutch has closed.

The news came via a reader, who noticed on the Canton Community Association's calendar a meeting Monday night to decide what to do with the lounge's former space.

Clutch opened in Spring 2009 billing itself "Baltimore's premier sports bar and lounge."

It replaced the decidedly more low-key Tiburzi's Cafe.

I'd heard rumors that Clutch was closing earlier last month. But when I spoke in early January with Trevor White, one of the guys running it, he contradicted the rumors.

Yet, a few weeks later Clutch had shut its doors. On January 29, the bar hosted a farewell party.

"Sadly, like all parties. It must come to an end," its Facebook page read.

It's not clear what prompted the closure. 

White told me earlier today he didn't have time to comment; and John Calvin, the other owner, hasn't responded to requests for comment either. 

The bar's phone number is already disconnected. 

According to state property records, Clutch's building is still owned by Terry and Sabatino Tiburzi. They paid $92,500 for the space in 1999.

Will update the post when I hear back from White or Calvin. 

Photo: Clutch Facebook page

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Posted by Erik Maza at 4:16 PM | | Comments (20)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I am sure The Field House is not to far behind..

Tiburzi's Cafe...was nothing but overpriced Italian food. Clutch, gone. What else will move in there and close?

They moved to the parking lot of some strip club on Route 40 East *shaking head

"It's not clear what prompted the closure."

If you've ever been in there, it was clear. The place was awful.

@Tif-help me out, I am a little slow this morning.

What was wrong with Clutch, I never went there but it looked nice from the website at least.

Isn't that where the cop was killed over a parking space?

It's not that bad of a location for a neighborhood bar, plenty of people there to support it.

@ anon:) : I live close enough to clutch that I give you a laundry list of what they did wrong. The biggest sin was that they did not endear themselves to the neighborhood, nor did they may any effort to do so.

Tiburzi's was small and catered mostly to friends and family of the owners. I don't think anyone in the neighborhood was surprised. Although the apps were passable, the wine list wasn't really impressive and the beer options were average. I doubt they charged full price to their friends and family, so I don't think they pulled in enough to turn a profit.

When Clutch opened, it looked promising, but it went south immediately. The biggest issue was how they treated they disregarded the neighbors: They blared their music on the back "deck" well beyond 1 AM and their clients parked so illegally that not only did they park beyond the "No Parking" signs on Kenwood, they actually parked in the intersection of Kenwood and Hudson. They would also double park on our street, preventing any cars from passing. There were often fights, either with the patrons and the meter maid or between strippers after hours. And no, I'm not being prejudice by calling them strippers. When two women, in lucite heels and little clothing, are arguing over who stole whose lap dance, stripper is an easy conclusion to reach.

Anyway, add the issues above to the fact that their food wasn't good and the neighbors had no reason to support them. If they wanted to learn how to run a good corner bar, all they had to do was go around the corner to Mahaffey's to see what to offer and how to treat the neighbors. Even those who dislike Wayne simply go elsewhere. They don't spend their time calling the city, reporting issues b/c some bar is making their evens unbearable.

Clutch will not be missed.

btw, does anyone know what may take the place of Clutch?

What about Cosmo's former space? Last month's CCA meeting listed an agenda item that said something about introducing the new tenants in the space that used to be Cosmopolitans.

And is Pug Uglies still going where Helen's Garden used to be?

Since it looks like we're talking about new things opening, any info on 13.6 opening in Silo Point?

Also any info on the rehab work at Chaz and Renee's( Fait and Kenwood)? they've been very busy over there...

@anon it didn't fit in with the neighborhood and they probably didn't make any money because the service sucked. You can't serve food and alcohol without like bartenders and servers. It's where the cop got killed, it's also where they held the fundraiser for the cop who killed the guy in Mt. Vernon (shot 13 times)

Any info on C.H.U.D.'s?

Cosmos is apparently now a tapas place called Te Amo

@Anonymous I walked by Chaz and Renee's last Saturday and they said "1 week"

It was a bar trying to do the club thing and serving a Black clientele in an unwelcoming neighborhood. Unfortunately, a recipe for failure...

@Eutaw Street Historian, Chaz and Renee's is going to be called either Lulu's or the Can Can. It will be a bar with a french cuisine restaurant in the back. I talked to the owner when walking my dog. They used to own a restaurant in laurel and sold it and decided to start one in Canton.

To everyone else, NO ONE will miss clutch, it blared music, harassed neighbors, and caused SCREAMING and fighting at the corner of hudson street at 1 and 2am every weekend night. I've called 311 so many times on that place I probably should have my own line.

@Tif- thank u for the input, I think that it is a prime location for a neighborhood bar. Tit, nice to meet you and your wife at the mixer a couple of weeks ago. It was my pleasure.

@anon I don't know what's up with Canton, they have more bars for sale than open bars. It's a great spot and I love the outdoor deck. Owning a bar is a whole lot more than decoration and obtaining a liquor license- now you get to move it to a parking lot on Pulaski that has no naked girls or pit beef

@21224 - Te Amo just opened where Cosmopolitan used to be! It's Spanish Tapas and Piano Bar

I was there once because the group I was with said "it's the place to go when you want to get served after 2am." So off we went. Maybe that had something to do with it closing.

I'm sure most resident of the Kenwood/Hudson would agree with me when I say I’m glad to see it go! They were either completely oblivious or just inconsiderate to the neighborhood and families that actually live in the neighborhood. I can’t tell you how many times there was a screaming match or music blaring from that place at 2AM. I called 311 myself and encourage and residents of the neighborhood to do if the new occupants behave in the same manner (based on the sign I think it’s going to be called the Americana now)

And I was willing to even give it a shot when it first opened, but the service was dredeful, zero beer selections (miller, bud) and the food was average at best.

Not a recipe for success. If you want a good neighborhood bar go to Mahaffey’s

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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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