“It is with a heavy heart that Sunday, [Jan. 12] will be our last day,” owners Lisa and Christian Giansante wrote. “[Twelve] years ago, you welcomed us into the Havre de Grace community with open arms. We are so thankful for the support you and the other surrounding towns and communities have provided us.”
A similar message was posted Monday on a sign on the restaurant’s doors in the Swan Creek Village Center along Route 40.
The post did not indicate the reason for the closure.
“The support and dedication of the Bill Bateman’s ownership and staff has been nothing short of incredible for the past 6+ years,” Berg’s post continued. "The support that they have given us and the many other local charities, sports teams and the Havre de Grace community has been second to none. What SBHdG has accomplished would not be possible without their support and dedication. We will be okay and will have a new location for our 2020 event in the very near future.”
On Wednesday, Bill Bateman’s Bistro North Plaza in Parkville announced on its Facebook page that it will close its doors for good on Feb. 3.
The closures of the Baltimore-area pub chain’s Parkville and Havre de Grace locations will leave just two remaining standalone locations, in Rosedale and Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, as well as two stands in the 500-level concourse of M&T Bank Stadium.
The Havre de Grace restaurant’s closure was the chain’s fifth in approximately two years.
The head of a Bateman’s location in Hanover, Pennsylvania turned it into a separate restaurant, The Broken Clock, in May 2018; a Yelp page says that this restaurant is closed, linking to a website with an expired domain and a disconnected phone number, according to previous reporting by the Baltimore Sun.
Another location in Towson closed the following month because of construction on Towson University’s Science Complex, according to the location’s then-co-owner Tony Gebbia.
The Giansantes thanked their guests and staff in their Facebook message.
"To our valued guests — the friendships that have grown over the years have provided us with a lifetime of memories that we will cherish. We look forward to sitting on the other side of the bar with you and sharing a laugh. We may not have always gotten it right, but you were always there for us.
“Last but certainly not least, thank you to all of our staff, past and present. Whether you worked with us for a day, week, month or decade, we cannot express how thankful we are for all that you have done for us. You definitely made it a place where everyone knew your name. This isn’t the way we thought it would end, but the amount of good each of you provided us and this community will be forever remembered. Your futures are bright. We thank you for allowing us to be a stopping point along the way.”