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Perring Place Closes

Perring Place Closes

It appears that Peter Angelos' venerable Perring Place Restaurant (2305 Cleanleigh Dr., [410] 661-0630) has closed after 44 years of business. A "closed" sign was posted on the restaurant's door on Sunday, according to several local businesses, and no one is answering the restaurant's phone (there's no message either). Perring Place had become as much of an anomaly among the fast food chains, dollar stores, and nail salons in the Perring Parkway Shopping Center as it was in Baltimore's greater dining scene. A prime go-to spot after Colts' and Orioles' games in the late '60s and '70s, the restaurant seemed locked in time. Its old-fashioned, faux-Tudor façade foretold a menu of old Baltimore favorites such as hot roast beef, fried oysters, flounder Francese, stewed tomatoes, and of course, crab cakes (winner of

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just three years ago), all served in a wood-paneled dining room by uniformed waitresses (the bar area was separated from the dining room by a row of vinyl-upholstered booths topped with diamond shaped stained glass panels.). It was one a few dining rooms left that still served liver and onions regularly and sour beef and dumplings seasonally. If the soft shells were running small that day, they'd add a second to your sandwich. The restaurant manager always wore a shirt and tie, and yes, the waitresses called you "hon." Like other restaurants of its ilk, Perring Place's clientele skewed senior and loyal. In recent years, the restaurant hired a security guard to escort patrons to the parking lot. As of this writing, Angelos could not be reached for comment. But know, Mr. Angelos, that Perring Place will be missed.

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