Annabel Lee Tavern Reportedly Will Reopen with Help from Investors

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Sad news broke last month that Canton’s Poe-themed Annabel Lee Tavern would be abruptly closing after 10 years. Now, its course has reportedly been righted.

According to Baltimore Magazine’s Lauren Cohen, owner Kurt X. Bragunier said earlier today that two of his old regulars from Highlandtown stepped in and offered to resurrect the recently closed corner tavern as co-owners. Their plan is to make the concept “exactly the same” as before, he said.

A phone number listed for the bar went unanswered Monday afternoon. Bragunier hasn’t returned a message requested comment.

First opened in 2007, the tavern at the corner of S. Clinton and Fleet Streets earned a loyal following. Decorated with Edgar Allan Poe memorabilia and named for his final finished poem concentrating on the death of a beautiful woman, the bar offered a heartfelt nod to Baltimore’s most famous poet and an ideal literary drinking (and eating) destination.

But in late May, the tavern announced its planned closure on Facebook with two days to spare. “Despite our best efforts, it is with a heavy heart to let you know that we will be closing our doors for the last time on Sunday, May 28th,” said a post from Friday, May 26.

The news elicited heartfelt messages on Facebook from across Maryland. Before the bar shut its doors, Bragunier told the BBJ he was “devastated” about its closure.

Luckily, others were too – enough to offer up the money to help reopen it within the month. Of his investors, Bragunier told Baltimore Magazine, “they could see from my commitment that I still believe in this place. I believe in Poe, the food, and everything we do here with all my heart.”

The plan is to open sometime in June, with an announcement of when pending later this week.

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