Mari Luna Bistro has closed

The restaurant, across from Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, has closed after three years of operation. Its sister restaurants in Pikesville remain open. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun photo / April 14, 2011)

Mari Luna Bistro, located on Cathedral Street across from Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, has closed.

The restaurant closed officially on Jan. 21 after three years of operation. It was operated by the Luna family, which continues to run the two Pikesville-area restaurants -- Mari Luna Mexican Grill and Mari Luna Latin Grille.   

The Cathedral Street restaurant was temporarily closed by the Baltimore City Health Department from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26 because of "rat infestation" and "unsanitary conditions," according to the department's website.

An employee at Mari Luna Latin Grille confirmed the downtown closing but offered no explanation.

Although recent tenants like Robert Oliver Seafood and 23rd Degree Restaurant and Wine Bar had notably short runs, the property at West Preston and Cathedral streets was once home to successful operations like Spike & Charlie's and Ethel's Place.