The Mount Vernon townhouse that was the former home of the Brass Elephant has been sold and will be reopened as restaurant later this year.
The new owners are the Baltimore-based entrepreneurs Steve Rivelis and Linda Brown Rivelis.
The Rivelises, who are married, are the owners of Campaign Consultation, Inc., a business and marketing consulting firm, and Eye Byte Solutions, a web and graphic design company, both of which are headquartered in a recently restored building at 1001 N. Calvert St.
The Rivelises closed on the property on Friday, said Steve Rivelis, adding that he paid in excess of $600,000 for the four-story property, which was build in 1870.
"This happened incredibly fast," Rivelis said. "We believe in beautiful old properties like this one. We dated at the Brass Elephant. We got married there. So many people, us included, felt that [the Brass Elephant] was Baltimore's, not anybody's in particular. We want it to become a restaurant again."
Rivelis said that work has already begun clearing out the trash and debris in the elegant townhouse at 924 N. Charles St., which was home for almost 30 years to a restaurant named the Brass Elephant before closing in August 2009.
A restaurant and nightclub named The Museum opened in the space in the summer of 2012 but closed less than a year later when the operators were unable to renew the establishment's liquor license. Rivelis said he was uncertain about the current status of the liquor license.
Rivelis said he and his wife have not yet decided whether they will run the restaurant themselves or contract with an outside operator. "It's always been a dream of ours," he said, "but we're not sure."