One of Hampden’s oldest dives has shut its doors after 45 years.
A current employee and two former ones moving furniture out of the bar on Falls Road on Wednesday said Dmitri’s stopped serving patrons five days ago, and that the business will vacate the building by this Friday. The owner, James Dmitri, wasn’t on the premises or available for an interview, they said.
The Baltimore Sun‘s Wesley Case first reported Dmitri’s Tavern’s closure on Tuesday. The property was sold to Pikesville-based CityWide Properties, which is now planning to lease it to someone who plans to convert it to a Mexican restaurant, according to The Sun.
CityWide Properties’ website lists the building for rent for $8,000 per month, which includes a seven-day liquor license and 23-space parking lot. The operator of CityWide properties, Steve Verstandig, has not returned a message requesting comment.
Dmitri’s Tavern served patrons in Hampden since 1973. The bar was a known spot for cheap drinks, weekend karaoke and to-go booze and other packaged goods. As Hampden gentrified and new businesses opened nearby in recent years, the dive retained its wood-paneling, low prices and blue-collar vibe.
Authorities arrested a man in September for allegedly selling cocaine and buying a gun from an undercover officer in the Dmitri’s Tavern parking lot, federal court records show. The property was listed for sale for $925,000 several days later.
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