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Deming closing two downtown Hagerstown businesses

February 01, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Downtown Hagerstown lost two popular businesses Wednesday.

Mike Deming, owner of 43 South Ristorante and Flo Lounge, both at 43 S. Potomac St., said Thursday he decided to close the businesses because of his involvement with several other downtown enterprises, including real estate development.

"We have a lot of other projects we're working on," Deming said. "We just couldn't put all of our attention into it. ... Operationally, we have very few people. ... It's a lot of work."

Deming said he plans to lease the building with the kitchen equipment, so it could provide an ideal opportunity for someone to open another restaurant.

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The building could be modified to hold about 150 people, Deming said.

Flo and 43 South opened in 2006, Deming said. Of the six employees who worked at the businesses as of Wednesday, a handful were given jobs across the street at Duffy's on Potomac, a restaurant and bar that Deming also owns.

"Duffy's is doing well," he said.

Deming said he plans to turn in the liquor license from Flo and 43 South to the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County.

43 South is the third restaurant to close in downtown Hagerstown in the past year. Moose's American Bistro closed in July, and the Snow White Grill closed in June after 60 years of business.

Durango's and the Courtyard Cafe are among the restaurants that opened downtown last year.

Deming said anyone who is interested in leasing the building at 43 S. Potomac St. may call Demcore Development at 301-745-3633.

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