Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge in Mount Vernon appears to have closed in early March after an inspector found several building and fire code violations on the property.
Issued on March 7 by the Baltimore Housing Dept., the notice posted to the bar's front door states that a dumpster and oil drums located behind the building are without permits.
Despite having 10 days to fix the violations, Dionysus shut down during the same week that the notice was posted. Early rumors implied that the bar was having bill payment troubles, but nothing has been confirmed.
Jason Curtis, public relations committee chair for the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association (MVBA), was unable to share any insight about the situation.
“It’s unfortunate that Dionysus has closed,” he said. “We have not been able to speak with the owner or manager directly as to a reason.”
MVBA Vice President Paul Warren said he didn't know anything other than what was stated in the notice.
Dionysus, which opened on Preston Street in 2003, was a neighborhood favorite for its laid-back basement bar, movie and open mic nights, and upstairs restaurant. Rumors are still swirling as to what exactly happened and why the bar is now out of business.