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Pen & Quill restaurant in Station North in Baltimore to close amid the coronavirus

Pen & Quill, a new American restaurant in Station North, is closing after six years. Friday will be its last day.

In a Facebook post Thursday, the two owners said it was with “deep sadness” that they would be shutting the doors at 1701 N. Charles St.

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The owners chose the name Pen & Quill to honor Baltimore’s literary legacy and “P&Q” because minding P’s and Q’s encourages for kindness, generosity and hospitality. Pen & Quill was also the name of the piano lounge that had been inside the building’s previous tenant, the Chesapeake Restaurant.

Pen & Quill’s owners thanked patrons for allowing them to host such events as engagement parties, wedding receptions and baby showers.

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“We have celebrated and commiserated right along side you,” the post said. “We hope, that in some small way, our being here has helped to make your day a bit brighter. We love you, Baltimore!”

The Pen & Quill joins a long list of restaurants that have announced they are closing amid the coronavirus pandemic, including Alexander Brown Restaurant, Mount Vernon’s City Cafe and Ryleigh’s Oyster in Federal Hill.

According to a June 10 report from the Independent Restaurant Coalition, overall restaurant revenues declined 64% in April and May. The report states that, without assistance, 85% of independent restaurants could close by the end of the year. Other experts predict that figure will be closer to 50%.

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