By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun
1:25 PM EDT, June 19, 2013
The Americana, a restaurant and bar at the corner of Kenwood Avenue and Hudson Street in Canton, will close in July, according to owner Alex van Breukelen. The announcement was first made on the bar's Facebook page Wednesday morning, where van Breukelen wrote, "The facts are very simple; the restaurant and bar industry is not what I am meant to do."
As of now, the Americana (900 Kenwood Ave.) will remain open until the weekend of July 20, van Breukelen said. The kitchen will close for good on Monday, but the bar will continue to serve alcohol until the doors close for good.
The Americana replaced the sports bar Clutch in July 2011. It quickly became a place for military veterans, servicemen and New York Giants football fans. Although its beer list never rivaled Mahaffey's or Hudson Street Stackhouse, the Americana had a smartly curated selection of beers on tap.
Before owning the Americana, van Breukelen — who was an active Marine for 13 years — had no experience in the hospitality industry. He plans to rejoin the United States Marine Corps as a reservist. The Veteran Network — a local community of veterans that frequented the Americana — is looking for a new bar "to hang their hats," van Breukelen said. He also hopes to find a sports bar willing to host the Americana's weekly group of Giants fans during the NFL season.
Scheduled private parties will still take place, van Breukelen said. He said the next month will be a celebration of the Americana's two years: "We're going to party until we turn the lights off for good."
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