Calle's Cucina, an Italian restaurant on St. Paul St. has closed. The BYOB restaurant, which opened just last November in the old Yabba Pot space in Barclay, featured traditional Italian menu items like lasagna Bolognese, braciola and chicken saltimbocca.  

Calle's Cucina was owned by its chef, Carl Vahl, who also owns and operates Baltimore Distinct Home Dining, a private chef-for-hire company. Vahl refurbished the space, converting it into what he calls "an elegant, European style ristorarnte-bistro environment, with a full, Italian focused menu."

On his personal Facebook page, Vahl posted this message late Thursday night:

"Hey Friends: Bad news. Calle's Cucina is no more. Closed today. I was able to make the food work but not the numbers. 7 months 24-7, and not enough customers. The stress of it was killing me. I did my best, but not good enough. Thanks to all my loyal fans. I will be back."

The restaurant business is rough.