Red House Tavern

Red House Tavern in Canton will close after July 4. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun / May 3, 2011)

Canton's Red House Tavern (2239 Essex St.) will close for good when it closes on Thursday night, says owner Ron Singer. Citing exhaustion from overseeing Red House Tavern and his other bar, Leon's (870 Park Ave.), Singer says it was time to re-channel his energy into the latter.

"I was pretty stretched thin between the two places," Singer said. "I can't be at two places at once anymore."

Red House Tavern's final comedy night will take place tonight at 9:30 p.m. On Thursday, the final open-mic acoustic night will send off the tavern. The entertainment regularly hosted by Red House Tavern -- which also included local bands and stand-up comedians -- will move to Leon's starting next week, according to Singer.

As for the future of the building on Essex Street, Singer says he's going to take time to weigh options. He imagines a new bar -- without the Red House Tavern name -- taking over eventually, but Singer reiterated he was in no rush to make a decision.

In the mid-aughts, Red House Tavern was a bar with live entertainment in Canton until 2009. It reopened in March 2011 after Singer bought the building and renovated it. In February, the bar overhauled everything -- new management, staff and menu.

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