The Laughing Pint in Highlandtown to close later this month

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The Laughing Pint, a Highlandtown corner bar that felt as lived-in and welcoming as any canonical Baltimore watering hole, will close later this month after 13 years in business.

The bar will have a closing party on Saturday, Nov. 23 and continue serving food and drinks until Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. The final event will be a Misfit Thanksgiving potluck, which a 2017 listing billed as an event to just enjoy the day or a way to get out of the house “if you would rather not deal with a family holiday.”

Proprietor Shannon Cassidy told Baltimore Fishbowl new owners are buying the bar and building with plans to start fresh with a new concept.

“13 years is a long time to be in this business,” said Cassidy, who founded the self-styled “nicest little bar in Baltimore.” “I am proud of the impact that we have had in the community but I believe it’s time to move on to other things. I know I made the right decision on who I am selling to and I am thrilled that they will have the opportunity to be a part of this amazing Highlandtown community.”

A Facebook post on the bar’s page said the new owners would be announced at a later date.

As Cassidy told WJZ in 2011, the bar’s name is a throwback to an earlier business she owned, a pottery called The Laughing Pot Studios. The Sun‘s review of the restaurant in 2009 noted the menu’s focus on healthy, locally sourced foods and consideration for “frugal folks and vegetarians.”

That philosophy is still in place today, with items like the Double Smash Burger ($9) on a Stonemill Bakery roll and Cashew Vegan Mac ($8).

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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