Downtown restaurant Maisy’s announces it’s closing for good

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Maisy’s, a restaurant located in the heart of downtown known for brick oven pizzas and creative takes on classic American fare, will not reopen after coronavirus restrictions are lifted, owner Matt Helme posted on Facebook.

“This is not how I envisioned it all coming to an end but not all stories have a happy ending,” Helme wrote. “Thanks again to ALL of you and please remember to eat and drink LOCAL!”

Helme said he was proud of the diverse group of patrons who dined at the restaurant during its 11-year run.

“On any given day or night, you’d see black, white, Asian, Indian, European, Russian, Latin American, gay, straight, college students, the business traveler, senior citizens and families in our dining room and at the bar enjoying themselves and the company around them.”

The restaurant was named for Helme’s daughter, who was 5 years old when it opened in 2009.

In her write-up of the opening, Baltimore Sun critic Elizabeth Large noted that the space, formerly the home of Copra, had a welcoming vibe.

“We want everyone to have a good time,” Helme said at the time. “Everyone’s a guest.”

In today’s note Helme thanked chef Antoine Petteway for the “great food, tireless hours and advice given” and all the staff.

Maryland has had restrictions on public gatherings since March to limit the spread of coronavirus that have forced many businesses and gathering places to close temporarily. Restaurants were allowed to remain open as essential businesses but could only offer delivery or curbside pickup.

While owners have said they are thankful to continue operating, business from delivery and carry-out has not been enough to make up for the loss of dining rooms filled with guests.

Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan announced restaurants could set up outdoor dining so long as tables are socially distanced, staff must wear masks or face coverings and high-contact items are sanitized.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said last Friday that Baltimore City would allow restaurants with outdoor dining to start serving guests and offer permits to the eateries that don’t already have seating outside.

Brandon Weigel

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