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Restaurants That Died

By Richard Gorelick | Posted 12/29/2004

Not every restaurant made it through the year intact. The two big closings came recently. Four West, the sophisticated restaurant that replaced the long-running Polo Grille in the Colonnade, closed up shop after a valiant but challenging run. And Spike and Charlie’s, the jazzy joint that really knew its way around a duck, called it quits after years of satisfying the symphony crowd and numberless other cosmopolites. Other closings included Canton’s Blu, which had moved into the off-the-beaten-path space vacated by Mangia, Mangia; Montego Bay Grille, which had taken over a space previously held by Chester’s Steak House, the Fishery, and Spanish Meson; Caffe Brio, which had gamely moved into the Federal Hill location first tenanted by One World Café, and which is now Metropolitan Coffee House and Winebar; Mount Vernon’s Center City, now Dionysus, and formerly the Yours Mine and Ours Café; and, very sadly, Greektown’s ShamDanai’s Chicken-n-Waffle House, leaving vacant several future categories in our annual Best of Baltimore poll.

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