The Dogwood Restaurant in Hampden has closed, according to owner Galen Sampson, who co-owned the restaurant with his wife, Bridget. Its last day of service was Saturday.
"This weekend we were forced to make the decision to close The Dogwood Restaurant," Sampson wrote Sunday evening in a statement released to Baltimore Diner. "We had hoped we could keep it going, but after three very poor weeks of revenue there is no option but to close the restaurant."
He wrote that the restaurant would be able to pay employees the wages they are due.
"We did our best to try and restructure our business model in order to keep our employees employed," Sampson continued. "Unfortunately, Bridget and I have consumed all of our resources and there is no option available to continue."Founded in 2007, the Dogwood has been ahead of the curve in Baltimore with its use of seasonal and local ingredients.
Known for their commitment to community, the Sampsons were recognized for the professional paid training program they instituted at Dogwood with initial funding from the Baltimore Community Fellowship Program.
The Sampsons had reopened the restaurant twice before after extended closings.