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Jacques Kelly: Highlandtown gets cooking again

Jacques Kelly: Highlandtown gets cooking again

It was 19 years ago that the old Haussner’s restaurant closed. For years afterward, it remained a shell, a reminder of changing fortunes along Eastern Avenue.

The celebrated restaurant was finally bulldozed last year, replaced by the $10 million Highland Haus — 65 apartments on six floors at the Highlandtown corner where diners once ate their wiener schnitzel and strawberry pie under gilt-framed canvases.

The Highland Haus, with upper floors featuring expansive views of the the harbor, Fort McHenry and Patterson Park’s trees and playing fields, arrives after the neighborhood’s surrounding residential blocks underwent a decade’s worth of steady reinvestment.