Belvedere Square restaurant Demi will close in a few days, Richard Gorelick of the Baltimore Sun reports. Tae Strain, the chef, is leaving and Saturday night will be the restaurant’s last night. Demi will serve dinner Wednesday through Saturday.
“It has been amazing and I leave with no regrets at all,” says Strain.
Demi is housed on the basement floor of the restaurant Crush, where Strain also serves as executive chef. Crush will remain open, but Strain will leave that post, too. Strain was named “best new chef ” by Baltimore magazine last year. No word on the reason for his sudden departure. (Calls to the restaurant were not returned.)
A few weeks ago, Crush was in the news for failing to pay its liquor license fee. It would be a real blow to Belvedere Square if Crush were to close, and something of a surprise too, since the food and service at the restaurant have vastly improved in recent months and it seems to be drawing crowds.