Alonso’s, the restaurant and bar opened in Roland Park almost 90 years ago, will have a new owner, pending a final review by the liquor board.
Binod Uprety, who owns Namaste, an Indian restaurant located in the same building, will buy Alonso’s from current owner Steve Summers for $315,000, Uprety said.
The deal came together several months ago, after Summers planned to retire, Uprety said. The liquor board hearing, the final step, was scheduled for last week but had to be postponed until Uprety provides a Memorandum of Understanding to show community support.
Summers was not immediately available for comment Tuesday night.
Uprety plans to keep the name Alonso’s while doing renovations and clean up to give the interior a fresh feel. He has no current plans to change Alonso’s menu, but will reevaluate it in the future.
“It’s a historic place in a great neighborhood,” Uprety said. “It was established before the United Nations. I feel very excited and lucky.”
Uprety is also considering allowing Alonso’s patrons to order from Namaste’s menu while eating at the bar.
Uprety, who lives in Towson, runs Namaste with his wife and co-owns the restaurant with his sister and brother-in-law. Namaste opened in late 2015, and Uprety said the community has been vital to its success.
“Everyone has been so supportive to Namaste, otherwise I wouldn’t [buy Alonso’s],” he said.