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The Brass Elephant is Still Open

Two people in the restaurant industry recently told me that the

(924 N. Charles St. [410] 547-8485) was closed. I was surprised, to say the least. The Brass Elephant is a Baltimore institution—not that that makes a place immune, as the closings of Martick's and Maison Marconi can attest. And in the wake of

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, it seemed like things were quickly sliding down the toilet for Baltimore's restaurant industry just in time for Restaurant Week. Well, fear not, Brass Elephant isn't going anywhere. I just spoke to general manager Khalief Mack and he assured me the restaurant is still in business. The confusion comes from the fact that its building is for sale. After 26 years, the Brass Elephant wants to spruce things up a bit, and it needs money to do that; hence trying to sell the building and then lease it from the buyer.

It's a good thing it is sticking around, because the Brass Elephant is on my short list of places to visit during

Aug. 7-16—more on that in a future post.

Also not closed—man, the rumor mill is working overtime—the

(1101 N. Calvert St., [410] 752-3757). General manager David Derewicz says that the elite chain's flagship restaurant is still going strong despite the economy. It is also offering its restaurant week menu Aug. 4-Sept.6.

Remember when restaurant gossip was about who was opening what, not what was shutting down? Good times.

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