Downtown’s Argosy Cafe will move into the space that was, until this week, home to the New America diner.
“Argosy has decided to take over the lease and move into their restaurant … so that it can maintain the quality of brunch, lunch and dinner options its customers are used to,” said Jay Shaffer, Argosy’s executive chef and managing partner.
New America’s owner, Fiona Sergeant, said running the eatery had become all-consuming, taking up far more of her time and energy than she expected. New America opened in January 2017 at 429 N. Eutaw St., near Seton Hill.
“I feel like, the energy of someone who wants to start something is not always the same energy of someone who wants to run something,” said Sergeant, a sculptor who attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. “I don’t necessarily want to run a restaurant, but I am selling it to someone who wants to run a restaurant.
“It’s not a hostile takeover,” Sergeant said. “I’m trying to set them up for success, keep the energy alive.”
New America’s last day was Sunday, but Sergeant said it will continue to host events and do catering through the end of the month. She’s working on plans for a final celebration the last weekend of July, Sergeant said.
Argosy will close its current location, in the 18-story Munsey Building at 7 N. Calvert St., on July 15, Shaffer said. They plan to reopen as the New Argosy at the Eutaw Street location on Sept. 1, he said.
In its new location, the restaurant will return to serving dinner, something it had stopped about two months ago, Shaffer said. On Orioles game nights, the bar and restaurant will remain open until 2 a.m., he said.