The Annabel Lee Tavern is the Latest Baltimore Restaurant to Shutter its Doors

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“Despite our best efforts, it is with a heavy heart to let you know that we will be closing our doors for the last time on Sunday, May 28th,” owner Kurt Bragunier wrote in a message on Facebook. “Thank you for your patronage over the past decade. Make sure to come in this weekend for one last hoorah!”

Named after Edgar Allan Poe’s last complete poem, about the death of a beautiful woman, the tavern opened in 2007 at 601 S. Clinton Street, with Poe quotes and reminders everywhere. A raven hangs outside, and all the drinks were named after works by Poe.

The farewell message has drawn hundreds of comments and triggered a flood of memories.

“My finance and I came here on the evening that we got engaged to celebrate,” wrote Amanda Gill. “We sat at the bar, had cocktails and BBQ chicken nachos, and it was beyond perfect.”

“The place I went the very first day I moved to the city, where I always felt welcome ever though I knew no one,” added Claire Niemann. “Where they stayed open so we could watch the Cubs break the curse, where my boyfriend and I had our first date.”

“Distressing. Mystifying. It’s my favorite restaurant ever,” wrote Wayne Laufert.

“That was our go-to spot whenever we made a trip to Baltimore,” added Stephen Bustard.

“Big loss for the city,” said Sarah Day. “Will miss it terribly.”

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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