Ryan’s Daughter Irish Pub in Belvedere will close on Jan. 21 after 14 years in business, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
“It has been a pleasure serving and getting to know each and every one of you,” the post says. “Throughout the years we’ve celebrated weddings and funerals, birthdays and anniversaries.”
“From day one,” the post continues, “we wanted the pub to serve as a place where friends and neighbors would feel home, we feel that was accomplished.”
In a phone conversation with Baltimore Fishbowl, Andreea Zmarandache, who has co-owned the pub with her husband, Marwan Daas, since 2009, said the prolonged recession took its toll on the restaurant’s business.
“As you know, the economy is not very strong right now, or we don’t see it,” she said. “The salaries are not increasing while the prices are.”
Zmarandache also said Ryan’s Daughter lost loyal customers who moved out of the neighborhood, and newer ones didn’t come in to take their place.
“It’s sad. We’ve been a neighborhood place for a long time and we’ve made a lot of friendships, we know so many people,” she said. “It’s sad that this is happening. It’s part of life, I guess.”
Zmarandache and Daas are going to think about opening a new, smaller place nearby, possibly going as far away as Towson. But the concept and location are still to be determined.
“We’re just going to try to close the place and take a couple of weeks off and then start thinking about what’s to come,” said Zmarandache.
This story has been updated.
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