Oyster Bay Grille has closed. Sunday was the last night of operation for the restaurant, according to Christopher Vocci, the restaurant's chef, who confirmed the closing in an emailed message but offered no further details. The restaurant’s team also included brothers Nick and John Daskalakis and their longtime friend Spyros Stavrakas, who was a principal in the development of Taverna Athena, an original Harborplace tenant, and the well-remembered Fells Point restaurant Opa.
The closing comes less than two months after the opening of Towson Square, a nearly adjacent $85-million entertainment complex on East Joppa Road anchored by the 15-screen Cinemark movie multiplex. Shortly before Oyster Bay's opening, Nick Daskalakis told The Baltimore Sun that he would use the months leading up to Towson Square's opening to prepare Oyster Bay for the crowds he expected would be coming to the new movie theater.
Towson Square is developing its lineup of restaurants, including Bonefish Grill, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Hanabi Japanese Restaurant and Bobby's Burger Palace. A Nando's Peri-Peri restaurant is already in operation, having opened on July 16. Opening dates for the other restaurants have not been announced by Towson Square's developers.
Oyster Bay Grille opened in September 2013 in the Towson Circle development at York and Joppa roads, taking over a restaurant space that had been vacant since the closing of Vin in 2008.