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South Baltimore restaurant Bluegrass closes for rebrand

The exterior of Bluegrass in 2016. The restaurant closed recently for a rebrand, and plans to reopen in the spring.
The exterior of Bluegrass in 2016. The restaurant closed recently for a rebrand, and plans to reopen in the spring. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Bluegrass, the South Baltimore bar and restaurant known for its Southern comfort food, has closed for a rebrand.

Owned by Will Sterling, the restaurant announced the end of Bluegrass last week on Facebook, with plans to debut the new concept in the spring.

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“Over the years we have made excellent memories & awesome friends and [have] come to love the SOBO neighborhood,” the post reads. “We look forward to the transition & continuing the opportunity to serve our friends better with new dishes innovative cocktails [and] craft local beers.”

The social media post did not indicate what the new name or concept would be. Calls to Bluegrass were not answered on Thursday.

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The Columbia location of Petit Louis isn't the only restaurant to close for a makeover in recent months. As restaurants approach a decade in business, many have found reinvention to bring a vital boost to business and forestall the prospect of closure.

The Bluegrass space, located at 1500 S. Hanover St., is closed for remodeling, said an employee who answered the phone on Thursday at Saturday Morning Café, another restaurant owned by Sterling. She declined to answer further questions.

The restaurant opened as Bluegrass Tavern in 2010. In 2016, Sterling took over operations and dropped the “Tavern,” but decided to stick with the original theme. Read The Baltimore Sun’s restaurant review of Bluegrass from 2016 here.

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