The Shula's Steak House in the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel is closed. It actually closed a couple of months ago, quietly. It had operated at the hotel, since 1998, in a licensing agreement with the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based chain presided over by Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula.
In its place is a restaurant named The Restaurant. If that sounds like a place holder name, it is. The Fayette Street hotel (previously a Wyndham, a Hilton and an Omni) will keep the space as it is until the end of the year, when it will close for a thorough remodeling. Keeping the restaurant opening will let the Sheraton honor the bookings on its schedule and retain its staff as well, according to a restaurant employee.
Shula coached the Baltimore Colts for seven seasons before leaving to take over the Miami Dolphins in 1970. His restaurants, which include various grill and sports bar concepts in addition to the steak house, continue to operate.