By Richard Gorelick
The Baltimore Sun
9:16 AM EDT, July 31, 2012
The Barn Crab House, the longtime Carney destination for steamed crabs and live music, has closed.
The Facebook page for the venue was boiling over with concern on Tuesday morning, and later in the day, Paul Wisner, one of the Barn's current co-owners, sent out an email confirming the news: "I regret to inform everyone that due to circumstances beyond my control, management and extenuating circumstances over the past year that has just recently been uncovered and discovered, my other operating partner has decided to close The Barn."
Wisner said that business at The Barn was not the problem. The problem, he explained was with The Barn LLC, the venue's operating partnership, which had been plunged into hot water by what he characterized as years of mismanagement.
In the letter, Wisner indicated that he would try to reopen The Barn with a new set of investors. "That's the plan," he confirmed. Wisner had actually left the partnership in 2009, and was bought out by his former partners. When the buy-out payments slowed, however, Wisner became a creditor.
Wisner said that he returned with a new investor to The Barn LLC earlier this year, after one of his former partners walked away from the business. "We dug further into what had been going on," Wisner said. "We realized it was too much to overcome."
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