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Bryan Voltaggio: Closing Family Meal in Baltimore 'was no easy decision'

Update (Aug. 31): This post has been updated to include comments from chef Bryan Voltaggio and reflect the closing of the Hagerstown location. 

Family Meal, chef Bryan Voltaggio's modern diner at the Inner Harbor, has closed its doors after less than two years in business.


The restaurant opened in late 2014 offering guests hearty American fare like fried chicken, meatloaf and shrimp and grits.

Family Meal's Facebook and OpenTable pages indicate it has permanently closed. The space at 621 E. Pratt St., tucked back on Pier 4, was previously home to Houlihan's.


"I wanted it to be a mainstay and part of the Inner Harbor," Voltaggio said of Family Meal. "I grew up there, spent time there as a kid, so it was great to be a part of that."

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Voltaggio didn't divulge the specific reasons he decided to close Family Meal, but said there were "a lot of factors at play."

"It was no easy decision. I mean, it never is to close a business," he said.

Family Meal locations in Ashburn, Va., and Richmond, Va., recently closed, and Voltaggio told The Frederick News-Post Tuesday that the Hagerstown restaurant will close this fall. Voltaggio said he's not transitioning away from the brand, and will continue to focus on Family Meal's flagship location in Frederick.

"It's definitely not a deletion of the brand," he said.

Voltaggio, who has been a contestant on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef Masters," also owns the fine-dining restaurant Aggio in Baltimore's Power Plant Live.

"We love the city," Voltaggio said. "Aggio is still there and doing great. We love being in downtown and thought it was going to be a great destination restaurant for everybody."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.