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Baltimore's Mussel Bar and Grille closed until next year

Seafood restaurant Mussel Bar and Grille Baltimore closed Sunday because of the ongoing construction and clogged streets around the Harbor East area, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The closure of the 8,000-square-foot restaurant, which opened in 2015, will be temporary — it plans to reopen in April 2019, according to the post. On the Mussel Bar’s website encouraged customers to visit its two other locations in Bethesda and Arlington, Va., all of which are managed by the Kensington-based RW Restaurant Group.

Polly Wiedmaier, the chief marketing officer of the RW Restaurant Group, which operates five other restaurants throughout the region, including Siren and Brasserie Beck, said they came to an agreement with Elm Street Development, the landlord of The Eden apartment building where the restaurant is located.

“We had a hard time with customers accessing us. … People can’t even drive by us and even see the property,” Wiedmaier said, adding that the restaurant group pitched the idea of taking time off to the landlord around two months ago. “The landlord was very agreeable to our idea, which was to go on a hiatus for a year until the construction is complete.”

Wiedmaier said employees were offered positions at the companies’ other restaurants. Mussel Bar & Grille Baltimore’s general manager Pete Stalla will work in the Bethesda location, and the chef Antonio Garcia will work at Brasserie Beck. Many of the servers, bartenders and cooks were able to get jobs elsewhere, Wiedmaier said.

“We have loved being a part of the Baltimore food and drink scene, and getting to know our great neighbors in Harbor East these past three years, and we cannot wait to return and serve you,” said Mussel Bar & Grille’s Facebook post. “And please know that when we do, we intend to woo you all over again...”

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