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Parkside Among a Spate of Restaurant Closures

July 21, 2010

The bright, red brick, black-trimmed storefront of Parkside Fine Food and Spirits has been replaced this month with a closed sign and black plastic, signaling the shuttering of this local favorite on Harford Road.

Best known for its kid-friendly atmosphere and bottomless mimosas on Sundays, the Parkside closed earlier this month. “It’s because the economy sucks,” co-owner Colleen Cashell says. “It got kind of overwhelming.”

The restaurant, owned by Cashell, her husband Chris, and their partner Vickie Johnson, opened in 2008 to a favorable  reception. The Parkside had a little bit of everything: It housed a kid-friendly play area (complete with a wooden playhouse), a little shop that sold local wares, a deli, a bar, and even a bakery.

Cashell plans to continue baking (her first love), and says there are no plans to reopen the restaurant or to open another eatery.

The closure is the latest in a string of recent culinary collapses this summer: T.D. Lounge in Fells Point closed its doors in May, Baltimore Pho‘s final day serving food is July 24 (it will reopen as the non-Vietnamese Cockey’s Tavern at Hollins), and the already closed Brass Elephant is going to auction at the beginning of August.

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