Miss Irene's gone...
As I traveled to John Steven's for early mussels on Sunday I noticed that Miss Irene's had closed. On the door was a sign saying "Po Boy's Oyster Bar" opening soon. Always glad to have more oysters, but did like Miss Irene's for a Sunday bowl of onion soup and a Dogfish. Anyone know details?
Here are a few more details courtesy of the Balt Sun blogs.
I'm certainly not surprised by the closing. It was clear with alot of the higher end restaurants closing (Brass Elephant, Ixia, Bicycle etc) and some going to more approachable menus (e.g. Corks) that overly priced steaks and a 1990's menu in Fells Point wasn't going to work.
Truth be told, I loved the old Miss Irene's. One of the best dive bars in the city.
Oh billy, billy. Miss Irene's WAS a fantastic dive bar. Then a restaurant opened in the same place and kept the name. The new Miss Irene's lasted about a year.
The menu at the old Miss Irene's consisted of cold beer and plenty of it. And it was relatively speaking successful. The new Miss Irene's menu had pate. And well....
I'm not surprised. We had heard from friends that the food was good but that it was completely empty, although the night we went about a month ago it was almost full.
I always thought that the decision to keep the old name was a mistake. It never felt to me like the right fit for an upscale restaurant. And everyone associated the name with the dive bar. If they wanted to keep the recognition of the old name, in my opinion they should have done a twist on it. Too bad--we had been thinking how nice it would be to go there on a cold wintry night.