In May, the owner of Annabel Lee Tavern announced that it would shutter due to declining sales. With the help of new investors, Groupon and OrderUp, Kurt Bragunier hopes to outshine the competition in Canton.
Bragunier said he will be expanding weekend hours and adding nightly specials in hopes of driving more sales at his restaurant. He said increased competition drove his profits down by $200,000 over the course of two years.
When Bragunier announced the closure of his beloved tavern at 601 South Clinton Street, two investors who have yet to be named stepped forward to put money into the business, organize debt and devise a new business plan.
On weekdays the tavern will open at 4 p.m. and weekends at noon. Mondays will be transformed into burger and beer nights, offering nightly specials, such as homemade chips, a Natty Boh and cheeseburgers.
The restaurant will also run specials on “Time Period Tuesday,” which will include vintage dishes prepared from recipes dating back to the 1800s. Wednesdays will consist of spaghetti dinner specials, Bragunier said.
Annabel Lee Tavern pays homage to “Annabel Lee,” Edgar Allan Poe’s last complete poem, published in 1849. The restaurant has been serving eclectic American cuisine since it opened in 2007 and Bragunier doesn’t expect the menu to change very much.
Happy hour will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the menu will include about 10 items.
“What I heard at the end from most people was that … they didn’t realize what they had,” Bragunier said. “I’m hoping that a bunch of those people come back in addition to all the new revenue streams.”
Annabel Lee Tavern
601 South Clinton Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21224