The Greene Turtle on Main Street in Bel Air closed its doors Tuesday after the restaurant felt it was “unlikely” that a new lease agreement could be reached with its landlord.
In a statement to The Dagger, a company spokesman said the Greene Turtle parent company and its Bel Air franchise decided that they would be unable to reach a new lease agreement but hoped to find “a new home.”
“The Bel Air franchisees are committed to The Greene Turtle, having just opened another location in Aberdeen and signed a franchise agreement for Rehoboth Beach, [Del.], and are working closely with [the parent company] to reopen in Bel Air as early as possible,” spokesman Greg Pitkoff said in a statement.
Licensee Mike Venanzi of D&M GT of Aberdeen LLC did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday afternoon. That same LLC also owns the Greene Turtle on Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen, but as of Tuesday afternoon the Aberdeen restaurant was still open for business.
The Harford County Liquor Control Board confirmed Tuesday that the Greene Turtle had turned in its alcoholic beverage license, but wouldn’t comment on the restaurant’s reasons for doing so until after the Board discusses the matter during its Nov. 18 session.
On Tuesday afternoon, Marc McFaul of Ropewalk Properties confirmed the Bel Air Greene Turtle had closed, but didn’t have any further details.
“They did close. I am not sure what is going to happen next. I am new to this too. I wish I knew more,” McFaul wrote in an e-mail.
The Greene Turtle’s building once housed Ropewalk Tavern, which was shut down two years ago. The Greene Turtle opened at that location in August of 2007 and employed between 35 and 45 people at the time of its closing, Pitkoff said.