Fork & Wrench in Canton reportedly closing

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Days after owners Andy Gruver and Jason Sanchez announced the pending closure of Modern Cook Shop, their staple restaurant, Fork & Wrench, has reportedly met a similar fate.

The Sun‘s Sarah Meehan reports the cozy, speakeasy-inspired eatery in Canton has a sign on the door saying it’s closed tonight, but a rep said it’s closed for good.

It also appears the Facebook page for the restaurant has been killed.

Fork & Wrench was put up for sale earlier this year but, as The Sun noted, failed to draw any bids.

Opened in 2012, Fork & Wrench drew praise for its New American fare, cocktail program and the space’s retro interior decorated with vintage objects. But an October 2017 review by Suzanne Loudermilk found the decor to be “fusty” and said the restaurant still hadn’t hit its stride under a new executive chef, Corey Laub.

The reasons for the closure are not clear. An email sent to an address listed on the restaurant’s website was not immediately returned.

The post announcing the closure of Modern Cook Shop in Fells Point alluded to declining tourism in the city over safety concerns.

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]
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