The Sofi’s Crepes restaurant in Belvedere Square will close its doors for the last time this Sunday after eight years in business, according to a post on its Facebook page.
The shop, which served sweet and savory crepes, was a favorite for visitors to the nearby Senator Theatre and Belvedere Square Market.
“A huge thank you to the wonderful staff and owners, Linda and John, for providing a warm and inviting place for friends and neighbors to gather and share a delicious bite to eat,” the restaurant’s Facebook post read. “We will miss our loyal customers and the great memories shared over the last 8 years.”
The lease at the Belvedere Square franchise location was up, said Sofi’s Crepes founder Ann Costlow, and the franchisees decided not to renew it. Predictably, the coronavirus pandemic was the “fatal blow”, Costlow said.
“With the movies being closed — a couple of our locations are next to theaters — that really hurts,” Costlow said.
There are still two Sofi’s Crepes restaurants in Baltimore City — one next to The Charles Theater in North Baltimore and a second in Fells Point — and several others in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.
Costlow said the Sofi’s restaurants outside of the city have fared better, but the handful in the city have struggled due in part to a loss of foot traffic. The location near The Charles Theater, for instance, has lost nearly 75% of its business, Costlow said.
But the time was right to close the Belvedere Square location, because of the lease renewal, Costlow said.
“As a company overall, we’re really sad to lose a shop,” Costlow said. “I have a particular feeling for it because I live across the street from it, so it’s sad to see it go.”