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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Tidal Wave Of Baltimore Restaurant Closures Unfolds Into Crisis

It is official. Consumers in Baltimore appear to be tapped out.

The Central-Bank-free-money-anything-goes-induced restaurant bubble in the most dangerous city in America: Baltimore, has begun a violent period of deflation — on par with a possible collapse.

At least 24 restaurants have closed since the start of 2018, “including Federal Hill stalwart Regi’s American Bistro, Hampden’s popular Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar and Canton’s Fork and Wrench,” said the Baltimore Sun.

Chris LeBarton, a market economist for CoStar Market Analytics, warned that increased vacancy rates for small commercial real estate spaces reflect the recent wave of closures.

“Vacancy rates for spaces up to 3,000 square feet – often home to independent restaurants – rose to 8.1 percent at the end of March, up from 6.8 percent at the end of September, when the city underwent a previous wave of closures. That rate is at its highest since 2010,” LeBarton added.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total number of Baltimore restaurants and bars declined 4.6 percent in 2013 and 2016 – from 1,613 to 1,539. This was not the case nationally, food and drinking establishments soared 5.7 percent, 8.9 million in 2013 to 9.4 million in 2016.

One consumer analyst told The Baltimore Sun that some factors behind the surge in restaurant closures include, “natural cycles of the industry, millennials’ preference for convenience and value and – more particular to this area – competition in the suburbs and high crime rates that ward off suburbanites.”



Anonymous said...

It's going to be another Detroit.

Anonymous said...

this what you get with the abundance of crime, gangs, drugs, murders, sanctuary City and very little Police protection.

Anonymous said...

Governor Hogan see what you get by pouring tax dollars into a slum

Anonymous said...

We used to go to dinner in Baltimore, but my elderly relatives won't go into the city anymore.

Anonymous said...

The areas mentioned in the article have been over saturated with restaurants for some time. Those neighborhoods were revitalized for yuppies and millennials. Bars and restaurants opened on every corner serving crap beer to hipsters.

Anonymous said...

The people that would support these business's are sought out by the locals for racial attack..Let them all starve to death.

Anonymous said...

Stupid Democrats putting 600million of your tax dollars into the harbor project the owner of under armor is developing putting Maryland deeper in the hole.

Anonymous said...

Yet the mayor will fix it! HAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

Baltimore is a overtaxed wasteland..crime ridden, drug rat infested, who wants to open a place there when decent people are running from it like it's on fire.