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After 12 years the Bill Bateman's Bistro in the Swan Creek Village Center on Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace has announced that they will be closing on Sunday January 12, 2020.
After 12 years the Bill Bateman's Bistro in the Swan Creek Village Center on Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace has announced that they will be closing on Sunday January 12, 2020. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)

Bill Bateman’s Bistro in Havre de Grace will close its doors after this weekend, the owners announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page Monday.

“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.”

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A similar message was posted Monday on a sign on the restaurant’s doors in the Swan Creek Village Center along Route 40.

After 12 years the Bill Bateman's Bistro in the Swan Creek Village Center on Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace has announced that they will be closing on Sunday January 12, 2020.
After 12 years the Bill Bateman's Bistro in the Swan Creek Village Center on Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace has announced that they will be closing on Sunday January 12, 2020. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)

The post did not indicate the reason for the closure.

Billy Berg, the volunteer event organizer of St. Baldrick’s Havre de Grace, which had held its annual head-shaving fundraising event for children’s cancer at the Havre de Grace Bateman’s the past six years, shared the Giansantes’ Facebook post Monday morning.

“We are saddened by this news and are working on finding a new location for our event,” Berg wrote. “These people are our family and we wish them nothing but the best. We spoke with Christian late last night and know this was not an easy decision. We understand and support their decision 100%. They will always be a part of our event and SBHdG family.

“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 Reisterstown location closed in August and Marc Loundas, who runs the restaurant group in partnership with its namesake, told the Baltimore Sun then that it had closed an outpost in Severna Park in May.

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.”

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