Second Chance Saloon lease extended through March

Second Chance Saloon, a popular restaurant in the Oakland Mills community, will remain in the village center until at least March, said Wendy Binder, co-owner of Second Chance.

It was announced in December that the restaurant, which has been located in the center for five years, was in danger of closing after Second Chance owners said a new lease agreement was not offered by landlord Cedar Realty Trust. 

After the lease expired in December, Cedar Realty extended it through February, and has agreed to extend it even further.

The locally owned restaurant, which was a finalist in 2012 for the Restaurant Association of Maryland's "Best Bar," is held in high regard by the community, which has rallied to support the renewal of the lease.

Even local public officials, including County Executive Ken Ulman and County Council member Calvin Ball, have thrown their support behind the establishment by writing letters to Cedar Realty urging them to extend the lease. 

Bill Gray, chair of the Oakland Mills village board, said there is progress with Cedar Realty regarding a long-term solution for Second Chance.

"We hope to be able to retain this valuable asset for our community," said Gray.

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