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Mallow Bar out of Horseshoe Casino

The Mallow Bar, one of five Maryland-based vendors in the casual dining area at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, is closing. Its last night at the casino will be Sunday.

The dessert cafe, a smaller version of a Rosedale business operated by Nikki Lewis, sold a small selection of sandwiches along with specialty coffees and pastries. The featured item was Lewis' Mallow Crunchies, a made-from-scratch version of Rice Krispies Treats.

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In a statement from the casino, Horseshoe spokesman Noah Hirsch said, "While we have very much enjoyed having the Mallow Bar as partners in our Baltimore Marketplace, customer demand for their product has been limited. This type of learning is typical during the first year of operations, and we look forward to introducing a new and exciting concept in the Mallow Bar space in the near future."

The remaining vendors in the Baltimore Marketplace at Horseshoe Baltimore include Lenny's Deli, Tark's Grill, Mamma Ilardo's and Heavy Seas.

It was her success selling Mallow Crunchies at area farmers' markets that led Lewis to open, in early 2012, a combination retail shop, cafe and production facility in a Philadelphia Road storefront location.

Lewis closed the Rosedale shop, which she called The Mallow Bar, in January. Lewis said she will continue to produce Mallow Crunchies for catering, wholesale and online sales at a new production facility in White Marsh that she's calling The Mallow Bar Production House.

"We just moved our production ... to a new, larger location which will allow us to grow and increase production at a pace we were incapable of before," Lewis said in an emailed message. Lewis said the new facility will start retail sales in mid-March.

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