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Sascha's 527 to stop dinner service; will focus on lunch and catering

No more dinner at Sascha's 527 but lunch will go on.

Sascha's 527 will stop dinner service but remain open for lunch. The last night for dinner at the Mount Vernon cafe is Saturday, according to Sascha Wolhandler, the veteran caterer who co-owns both the cafe and catering concerns with her husband, Steve Suser.

"Were not closing," Wolhandler said, "We're totally transforming and using our skills in a different way. We're going to use the space in the evening for catering and events. And we might want to do some pop-up dinners."

Sascha's 527 opened in 2000 on the main level of 527 N. Charles, a high-ceilinged, ornate interior space which had previously served, among other things, as the offices of the Baltimore Opera Co., Second Story Books, and Andre Empire Salon.

Since opening, Sascha's 527 has operated on weekdays as a lunchroom where diners order soups, sandwiches and customized chopped salads at a counter. By night, the space transformed into a bistro-style restaurant with full table service.

"We have been a family-run business for more than 30 years in Baltimore," said Wolhandler, who began her catering business in the late 1970s. "We're not going anywhere."

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