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Brass Elephant to become cafe called The Museum

The new manager of the former Brass Elephant restaurant said Wednesday the doors will soon reopen as a seafood and brunch specialty café called The Museum — and not as a night club as originally planned.

Taking a break from renovations, Charlie Curry said the restaurant will feature menu items such as shrimp and lobster along with “exquisite brunch” fare beginning in early May.

“They are not going to change a thing,” Curry said, of the elegant décor of the historic building that once housed one of Baltimore’s most stylish restaurants.

City Councilman William H. Cole IV, whose 11th District includes center city, said his office had received 250 letters in opposition to the prospect of the Brass Elephant being converted into a disco.

“It’s very clear they wanted to turn it into a night club,” Cole said of the plans by new ownership, which includes Stuart Tepar, a club owner from Washington, D.C. “A DJ stand had been already built inside. It seems they have withdrawn their application for live entertainment.”

Curry said large strips of brown paper covering the front windows of the restaurant at 924 N. Charles St. have caused a stir recently in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere community.

Also causing controversy was a request to the Baltimore City Liquor License Board during a Feb. 23 hearing to recertify the liquor license.

The request was tabled following protests from community leaders and residents over a proposal to install a night club at the former Brass Elephant, outlined to the community association prior to the hearing.

Curry said the change of plans direction for the site had been made recently.

“It is definitely not a night club. And you can put ‘not’ in red letters,” Curry said. “This place is gorgeous inside — I can’t see kids coming in scratching their names in the wall.”

Curry said the Tusk Lounge upstairs will remain a bar area and that the color scheme of the old Brass Elephant, with an emphasis on tan and white, will also remain the same.

The once popular northern Italian restaurant has been closed for nearly three years and was recently sold for an undisclosed price.