The Dizz, the rowhouse bar and restaurant that bills itself as “Baltimore in a Bar,” is on the market.
Known for its delicious and affordable burgers and sandwiches, the photocopied handwritten specials list placed in every menu, the walls adorned with Baltimore ephemera and other tchotchkes and the rotating dessert case, the Dizz has become a neighborhood staple and a gathering place for people of all stripes across North Baltimore.
The listing agent for the property, Michael Levine of Cummings & Co. Realtors, said the owners are retiring.
“It is with a heavy heart after ten years of ownership that we decided to retire from the restaurant industry and sell The Dizz along with the building it is housed in, located at 300 W. 30th Street,” owners Darlene and Thomas L. Basta Jr., said in a statement. “We are grateful to our wonderful clients, great employees and the Remington Community. It has been an honor and pleasure serving you and watching our Remington Community grow! We could not have done this without you.”
A listing on the real estate site LoopNet has the business at 300 W. 30th St. for sale at $875,000. The buyer would get the building, the business and its seven-day beer, wine and liquor license.
“This is a turnkey 7 day operation located a block from John Hopkins Homewood campus,” the listing says. “Seats 98 on 2 floors with outside seating for an additional 20.”
According to a history on the restaurant’s website, the first liquor license issued to the location was in December 1934 to a bar called Mitchell’s. They stayed open until 1972, when it was then renamed Stu’s Lounge.
It wasn’t until 1997 that it became Dizzy Issie’s, a spot that would eventually become, according to The Sun‘s Richard Gorelick, a “Baltimore corner-bar institution.”
A little over a decade later, Dizzy Issie’s went through a renovation and was rebranded as The Dizz. As Gorelick wrote in his appraisal after the reopening: “The cosmetic changes to the dining room haven’t made it any less homey and, yes, quirky. The Dizz can still proudly call itself a corner bar.”
The ad, which went up yesterday, has received a lot of interest, Levine said.
This post has bee updated.