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Columbia’s Aida Bistro & Wine Bar to close after 20 years

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar has been in Columbia Gateway since its doors opened in 2002 and in its current location at 6741 Columbia Gateway Drive since 2010. (File photo)

Joe and Mary Barbera, owners of AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar and 2022 Maryland Restauranteurs of the Year, Tuesday announced they are retiring and will be closing the popular Columbia restaurant’s doors at the end of January.

Established in 2002, AIDA Bistro was named after Joe Barbera’s mother, 96-year-old Lillian Aida Barbera. Over many years, she greeted guests and was present showing her brand of hospitality, treating guests like family.

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar has been in Columbia Gateway since its doors opened in 2002 and in its current location at 6741 Columbia Gateway Drive since 2010. The property owner and landlord, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), is currently showing the property to prospective restaurant tenants who may be able to take over the location in early 2023.

The Barberas have always been civic minded and support a number of local nonprofit organizations, including Blossoms of Hope, St. Louis Parish, The Table Foundation, Gilchrist Hospice, Marriotts Ridge Music Boosters, Restaurant Association of Maryland and Howard County Tourism Board.