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Talara to close on Feb. 7 in Harbor East

Talara to close after a six-year run

The Harbor East restaurant Talara is closing and its last day of operation will be Feb. 7, according to general manager Ebony Booth.

The restaurant's owners, the Pittsburgh-based Big Y Restaurant Group, referred a reporter to Booth.

Big Y, which is named for its founder, the French-born chef Yves Carreau, operates five concepts in Pittsburgh, including a Nuevo Latino restaurant named Seviche, whose menu of marinated raw fish and Miami-inspired Art Deco interior was the direct inspiration for Talara.

Talara was the only restaurant that Big Y operated outside Pittsburgh, and the owners have no plans to try to reopen Talara or any other restaurant in Baltimore, Booth said.

"It was time for us to move on," Booth said about the owners' decision to close Talara, whose location, at the corner of President and Fleet streets, is a gateway address in the Harbor East development.

Immediate plans for the commercial property occupied by Talara were not available Tuesday night.

"We really appreciate having been a part of the Baltimore dining community for the past six years," Booth said. "It’s been a pleasure to have been part of the Harbor East scene and introduce diners to some new things."

The specialty at Talara was various preparations of ceviche, a marinated fish dish popular throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America.

In confirming the impending closing of Talara, Booth acknowledged the sudden closing last week of another Harbor East restaurant, Chazz: A Bronx Original.

"[Our closing] is heartbreaking, but it's gratifying to have a chance ot say thank you to our guests," Booth said. 


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