Second Chance Saloon in Columbia in danger of closing

Second Chance Saloon, located in the Oakland Mills Village Center in Columbia, is in danger of closing because it hasn't re-signed a lease for the new year.

"We are trying to get a new lease," said Wendy Binder, co-owner of Second Chance. "We are committed to the community."

Officials from Cedar Realty Trust, who own the village center, could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday. 

Second Chance, located next to the Other Barn, opened in December 2008 and replaced Last Chance Saloon, a longtime bar and restaurant that closed in 2004.

Second Chance is a popular local tavern and was nominated in 2012 for best bar in the state by the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

With news of a possible closure, residents, including Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, have thrown their support behind the restaurant.

Ulman, in a letter addressed to Cedar Realty Trust, urged the owner to "give every consideration" to keeping Second Chance.

"I believe that the loss of Second Chance would be a significant blow to a commercial area and a community that appreciates this popular establishment," Ulman said.

County Council member Calvin Ball, who represents Oakland Mills, also wrote a letter of support for Second Chance.

"We consider Second Chance Saloon the Cheers of Columbia. You’re always greeted with a warm welcome and smile when connecting with neighbors, family and friends," Ball wrote. "I patronize the shops in Oakland Mills regularly and I’m confident that any loss would be a negative backlash on our community."

Bill Gray, chair of the Oakland Mills Village Board, also wrote a letter to the owners, urging them to keep Second Chance.

"If the Second Chance's lease is not renewed we know that the entire center will suffer. Surely that is not the intent of Cedar," Gray wrote. "We sincerely hope that Cedar Shopping Center reconsiders and in fact renews the lease of the Second Chance."

In a second letter to resident of Oakland Mills, Gray urged residents to write to Cedar on Second Chance's behalf.

"They need our help immediately," Gray wrote. 

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