The Bill Bateman’s Bistro in Edgewater closed its doors for good Tuesday, bringing an end to its 1.5-year run on Mitchells Chance Road.
After confirming that the location closed with a Bill Bateman’s Bistro manager in Pikesville, Patch learned through a local resident that New Year’s Eve was the last night the restaurant was open before going out of business on Tuesday.
“We went there, walked in the door and you got the sense that something was going on,” said local resident Adam Machado. “They were peeling stickers off the door and half the bar was missing—they only had beer there.”
Machado said the manager on duty told him the restaurant was shutting down due to a lack of business and that all employees were being moved to other locations.
Several local establishments have opened in and around the South River Colony Main Street area during the last two years. But several have moved or gone out of business, including Repeats Quality Consignments, Bill Bateman's Bistro and Coldstone.
The Edgewater Bill Bateman’s Bistro originally opened in August 2011. Since then, the place didn’t exactly blow people away, according to local Yelp reviews.
Reviews on Yelp—a popular restaurant reviewing website—gave the local restaurant a 2.5 out of 5 stars and included sub-par comments about food, service and atmosphere.
“I really wish I liked it more but I just don’t … The place is…boring,” wrote one commenter from Edgewater.
Another reviewer said on more than one occasion, he and his girlfriend went to Bill Bateman’s Bistro but then left since it took so long to get served.
Since a lack of business was a primary reason for the closing, do you think the restaurant’s location played any part in its demise, or was it all about the food and the service?
What was your experience at Bill Bateman’s Bistro like? What would you like to see there instead?
Tell me in the comments.