Chez Hugo announced Wednesday that it will close permanently, adding to a growing list of Baltimore eateries to shutter their doors for good during the coronavirus pandemic.
The French-focused restaurant opened in 2018 in the former Merchants Club downtown and was located next door to Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
In a statement posted to Facebook, owners Steve Monnier and Scott Helm attributed the decision to the restricted capacity at restaurants and “an understandable reluctance on the part of diners to visit indoor restaurants.” The bistro had a “grand reopening” on June 24, according to its website.
“There is also enormous uncertainty around when these conditions might change. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to close Chez Hugo,” the statement said. “We do not anticipate the restaurant reopening again in its current form.”
The owners could not be immediately reached for comment.
“I think this might be the hardest time,” Helena del Pesco, chef and owner of Larder, a farm to table eatery in Old Goucher, told The Baltimore Sun this week. “Everyone’s [Paycheck Protection Program loan] has run out. Grants have run out.”
In the Baltimore area, other restaurants to announce they won’t reopen after the pandemic include the Alexander Brown restaurant, City Cafe, Maisy’s, Ryleigh’s Oyster, the Urban Oyster and the Milton Inn.