The Brass Elephant
For years known as the most beautiful restaurant in Baltimore, the Brass Elephant, at 924 N. Charles St., closed in August 2009. "The phone doesn't ring - what can I tell you?" Randy Stahl, one of the restaurant's owners, said at the time. "People still want to go out and be pampered but they can't afford it as frequently. That's what we've been running up against." (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)
The city is looking for someone to operate the Hollywood Diner. The comptroller's office has issued a formal request for a new operator of the property, made famous as a filming location for the Barry Levinson film "Diner."
Late last year, the city terminated its lease with the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, the nonprofit organization that ran the diner since 1991. The youth center vacated the diner last December but an operating partner was allowed to remain open until March 31.
Funded entirely by private donations and opened to great fanfare in 1984 as the Kids' Diner, the restaurant was originally run by the city schools and the mayor's office as a job-training program for youths. It was leased to the youth center beginning in 1991. The nonprofit ran the restaurant until 2009, when it began working with a series of outsider operators, none of whom succeeded.
The Request for Proposal is available on the Comptroller's website. Proposals are due on May 3.
Read more: City looking for new partners to run Hollywood Diner
Go in depth: A timeline of the Hollywood Diner