The Number Of Restaurants In Baltimore Is Shrinking

Interior of the new Ash Bar at the Hotel Ulysses. Screenshot via @ashbar on Instagram.

What’s happening?

The dining industry in Baltimore is in decline, with restaurants across the city closing more quickly than opening, Christina Tkacik reports for the Baltimore Banner. 

What does the data say?

From 2010 to mid-2022, the number of restaurants in Baltimore City dropped by 5 percent, a decrease likely accelerated by the pandemic. The number of active liquor licenses in the city has also declined from 1,241 in 2019 to 1,126, according to the most recent numbers from the liquor board. 

But restaurant retention statewide, and in the areas surrounding Baltimore, fared much better throughout the same time period. The number of restaurants in Baltimore County increased by 26 percent, and Howard County saw an increase of 34 percent. The number of restaurants across Maryland also grew by 20 percent. 

Anything else I should know? 

Despite a shrinking restaurant population, Baltimore City continues to spark exciting new openings and attract culinary talent. Among the highly anticipated openings are the Ash Bar at the Hotel Ulysses and the Ammoora at the Ritz-Carlton Residences. World-renowned fine dining chef Randall Jovan Matthews, formerly of Wit & Wisdom, also returned to the city. 

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