Mt. Vernon

The Elephant’s owners want you to know they are, in fact, open

Photo via The Elephant/Facebook

Steven Rivelis found himself in an odd position the other day. He was sitting outside The Elephant, the restaurant he co-owns at 924 N. Charles St., having a drink when a woman approached him to offer her condolences for their closure.

When he informed her The Elephant is actually still very much open, pointing to an “OPEN” sign on the door nearby and diners inside, she said he was wrong. She had read the coverage of the Mount Vernon eatery’s impending demise and was certain they had shut down, despite what he was telling her. (“There are people eating dinner in the window, you can see that,” he says he protested.)

Mount Vernon home decorating store Nouveau to close this summer

Photo via Nouveau Home and Interior Design/Facebook

After four years at 10 W. Eager St. in Mount Vernon, and more than three decades combined in Baltimore City, the owners of Nouveau Home and Interior Design are closing up shop on their retail operation.

The Elephant’s operators avoid auction and closure with bankruptcy plan

Photo via The Elephant/Facebook

With the auction of its historic home base now called off, the operators of Mount Vernon’s The Elephant restaurant say their business is safe and can remain open after all.

Hot House: 1845 Mt. Vernon Mansion, Former Governor’s House, With Carriage House and Parking, $975K


Hot House: 8 E. Madison Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Federal style detached brick townhouse, circa 1845, with rear carriage house and separate apartment (both with tenants).  Three bedrooms, three and a half baths over three stories and 6,120 sq. ft. All in fair condition and needing work. Entrance hall with tile floors, large dining room with butler’s pantry and office, elliptical staircase, living room with gas fireplace, kitchen. Second-floor library, en suite master bedroom, and bath. Third floor with two beds, two full baths.  Three story elevator, central a/c (partial). Rear garden with fountain and koi pond: $975,000

Open House: Wednesday, 12-3PM 

Embrace Spring with Flower Mart at Mount Vernon Place – May 3 + May 4

Flower Mart 2019
Painting: Griffith B. Coale, The Baltimore Flower Market, 1915, courtesy Rehs Galleries

Raise your Lemon Sticks – Flower Mart is back! With major support from The Agora Companies., which recognized the value of a revitalized Flower Mart to the community, Baltimore City’s annual rite of spring returns to its original roots with a 21st century twist. Flower Mart, under new leadership of The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, takes place Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in historic Mount Vernon Place. Cherished traditions will be honored, with a renewed emphasis on local vendors. There will be flower and food stalls, jewelers and woodworkers, workshops and lectures, musical performances, and, of course, Lemon Sticks.

Designs unveiled for eight-story office building at Grand Central site

The planned design for City House Charles at 1001-1003 N. Charles Street. Design by SM+P Architects, via CHAP.

The corner of N. Charles and E. Eager streets in Mount Vernon will be vastly different under newly released plans from developer Landmark Partners, though locals may notice the familiar base that presently houses the Grand Central nightclub.

Eight-story office building planned for Grand Central site

Photo by Ed Gunts

The new owners of Baltimore’s Grand Central nightclub are wasting no time in making plans to replace its dance floor with office space.

Landmark Partners, the new owner as of Feb. 28, has contacted Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and will seek approval to tear down rear portions of the property at 1001-1003 N. Charles St., and construct an eight-story office building.

Grand Central nightclub to close; property will be converted to offices and retail space

Photo by Ed Gunts

First The Hippo, and now Grand Central.

Baltimore will lose its largest gay nightclub when new owners start converting Grand Central at 1001-1003 N. Charles Street to an office building with retail space at street level.

Trinacria’s Mount Vernon location closed ‘until further notice’

Image via Google Street View

The four-year-old Mount Vernon bar-and-restaurant outpost of beloved local Italian deli Trinacria has shut down indefinitely, according to a sign posted on its front door.

Following outpouring of support, Collector’s Corner in Mount Vernon to stay open after all

The inside of the shop at 403 N. Charles St. Photo via Collector’s Corner-Baltimore/Facebook.

Only a month ago, Mount Vernon’s resident comics and collectibles shop, Collector’s Corner, decided to call it quits. Management for the N. Charles Street store wrote in an email newsletter that business just wasn’t as strong as they’d hoped it would be, and said “after giving it [three] good years, it’s just time to move on.”