Hollywood Diner

Hollywood Diner (Baltimore Sun photo/Richard Gorelick / September 29, 2011)

The Hollywood Diner is closing. 

UPDATE Sept. 24, 2:55 p.m.: There might be a Hollywood ending after all. Cheryl Townsend, the diner's operater, said on Saturday afternoon that the cafe operation will remain open at least through the end of 2011. More to come.

UPDATE Sept. 22, 10:55 a.m.: According to Cheryl Townsend, the diner's operator, the diner could close as early as Friday, Sept. 23. "We're playing it by ear," Townsend said.


The Downtown restaurant, which has operated since March as Hollywood Diner presents Red Springs Cafe, will cease its cafe operations on Friday, Sept. 30, but its operators will continue to do catering from the premises. "Please let everyone know," a sign posted on the diner's doors said. "It saddens our hearts to close the cafe side of Red Springs Cafe & Catering."

The news of the cafe's closing was posted on Suzanne Loudermilk's In Good Taste blog. The diner, which is owned by the city of Baltimore, has long been a collaboration with the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, whose executive director Ivan Leshinsky told Loudermilk he is searching for another operator.

The closing announcement comes in the wake of the news that Levinson is planning on a musical stage adapation of the 1982 movie. The diner was donated to the City of Baltimore by Levinson after completion of the filming.

I wondered, as you may have, whether the diner was used to film only establishing shots. Nope, all of the interiors were filmed in the diner itself, Levinson said in emailed repsonse to our query, as they were for "Tin Men" and "Liberty Heights."

The operating hours for the diner, which is located at 400 E. Saratoga St., are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.