Four different restaurants have occupied the building at 119 S. Main St. in Bel Air during the past decade, and a fifth one is on the way. The owner of the Blue Agave restaurant in Baltimore is working to establish a restaurant in that space that most recently has been the Main Street Oyster House.
Brian Acquavella, owner of the Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria in the Federal Hill section of Baltimore, is acquiring the Oyster House from its owners.
"It's a great space that they did a great job in, and I kind of like the challenge of people saying it's a space that can't succeed," Acquavella said Tuesday.
Acquavella, 37, lives in Baltimore and spent the majority of his childhood living outside Bel Air. He will remain the owner of the Blue Agave, which he has owned since March 2012.
The Greene Turtle occupied the space from August 2007 until the Dark Horse took over. The first restaurant, Ropewalk Tavern, opened in January 2005.
The building is one of the oldest on Main Street, and it was the headquarters for The Aegis from the 1860s until 1905.
"It's not that corner that nobody can ever make work," Acquavella said.
The Main Street Oyster House features Harford County's "longest oyster bar, stocked with a variety of fresh oysters," according to the restaurant's website. A mural of a dockworker handling a fresh oyster catch graces the long brick wall on the side of the building.
Acquavella stressed the Main Street Oyster House would remain in its current form through the end of this year. He said there could be subtle changes to the menu, but "any drastic changes" will not be made until at least 2017.