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Bay Cafe in Canton will close at year's end, owner says

Bay Cafe, a Canton waterfront restaurant and bar known for its shrimp salad sandwiches and laid-back atmosphere, will close at year's end.

The news of the closing was confirmed by Bay Cafe's longtime co-owner David Naumann, who said that he began considering not renewing his lease at Tindeco Wharf as long as two years ago. The lease, according to Naumann, runs through the end of 2013.

"Business has been horrible," Naumann said. "A lot of it had to do with the economy and the bad weather." Naumann recalled a string of rainy Friday nights, which are typically peak times for Bay Cafe business.

Naumann acknowledged the closing in the wake of published reports that a separate entity, Canton Waterfront Restaurant, LLC, had applied for a new liquor license at Bay Cafe's address, 2809 Boston St.

Little is known about Canton Waterfront Restaurant, which according to its application on file with Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City will operate with the trade name of Boat House Canton.

Neither of the two applicants on the liquor license, Victoria M. Rothgeb or Carroll E. Singleton, could be reached for comment. And no entity by the name of Canton Waterfront Restaurant, LLC is on file with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Representatives for Tindeco Wharf could not be reached for comment on whether a new lease for the space has been signed.

Naumann said he had hoped to ride out the last two years at Bay Cafe, and acknowledged that he stopped investing in improvements. But business has been worse than he had hoped.

"We're going out without some really good parties between now and New Year's Eve," he said.

Naumann said he is still considering options for his liquor license -- using it for a new establishment or selling it. "Stay tuned."


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