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Starting Thursday, Grand Cru is on hiatus

Starting Thursday, Grand Cru is going on hiatus.

The break could last anywhere from one week to several weeks, according to John C. (J.C.) Unitas III, who is buying the Belvedere Square wine bar.

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Founded by the late Nelson Carey, and now owned by his widow, Christina Carey, Grand Cru will close following the end of business on Wednesday and reopen after Unitas and his team review the business's various licenses and permits.

Unitas' purchase of Grand Cru, which was announced in January, has been contingent on the city liquor board's approval of his application for a liquor license transfer. If the transfer is approved at the board's hearing on Thursday, the sale would happen on Friday, Unitas said.

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The length of the hiatus will depend on whether the permit review ends up requiring equipment updates and repairs, said Unitas, who is the grandson of Baltimore Colts sports legend Johnny Unitas.

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