The owners of Mount Vernon café Sascha’s 527 put their four-story building up for sale last week, said Brad Byrnes, principal of the real estate company handling the sale.
Purchase of the property at 527 N. Charles St. would include the retail space currently used as the restaurant, a liquor license, 14 parking spots, two apartments and a commercial kitchen in the basement. The asking price is $1.05 million, Byrnes said.
Byrnes said there’s been “tremendous buzz” surrounding the 9,500-square-foot property, which Sascha Wolhandler and her husband Steve Suser purchased in 1997. Byrnes has received inquiries and given tours of the building, he said.
“I’m doing my part to do some outbound calls as well, to really reach out to other restaurateurs that are having success across Baltimore to see if they want to open up a current concept or a brand new one there,” Byrnes said.
Wolhandler and Suser did not immediately return calls for comment, and they were not in the building on Friday morning.
Before Sascha’s 527, Wolhandler operated a carryout and catering business called Sascha’s Daily on Hamilton Street. She opened her cafe on North Charles Street in 2000, and it became known for its “Tastes Plates” — Sascha’s version of tapas — and chopped salads.
“Having dinner at Sascha’s 527 is more like going to a cocktail party than eating in a restaurant, which may make it the trendiest new restaurant in Baltimore,” wrote former Sun restaurant critic Elizabeth Large in a June 2000 review.
Last month, Wolhandler and Suser sold their Sascha’s Catering business to Mallory Staley, a partner of the Mount Vernon restaurant the Elephant. They have since continued to run lunch service at the café. Wolhandler told the Sun last month she sold the catering business in preparation for retirement.