Michael's Cafe announced today that it is dropping its plans to open a second restaurant in Federal Hill. "It is impossible for us to move forward" without the support of the community, said Steven Dellis, manager of the family's restaurant, in a press release.
The longtime, family-owned restaurant has been in Timonium since 1984. They were seeking to open a second location at the corner of S. Charles and West streets.
But community opposition deterred their plans. Neighbors were seeking changes to Michael's initial request. They wanted the 300-seat restaurant proposal to be scaled down to 150, a change in the ratio of liquor to food sales, and an increase in the number of parking spaces from seven to 50.
Michael's determined those changes would "alter the brand and image" of the restaurant, the release said. "We are a restaurant, not just a bar," it continued. "We are a restaurant whose sustainability is based on welcoming large events, including wedding parties and receptions."
The restaurant will continue to focus on its Baltimore County location, where it will open a renovated outdoor patio in the spring and celebrate 30 years of business in March.