Souris' Saloon reopening in Towson BALTIMORE COUNTY

November 06, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Although the two rough-cut holes in the white brick outer wall are new and the worn furnishings inside have been torn away, the restaurant-bar in Towson will still be called Souris' Saloon when it reopens later this month.

On Monday, the Baltimore County Liquor Board approved a request to transfer the liquor license from the estate of the late Harris Cristopher "Bobby" Souris to Sean Gahagan, Robert E. Stewart and James Koliha.

Mr. Souris, the last of his family to run the bar, died last December. At that time, many thought that one of Towson's most enduring watering holes would just fade away, as has much of old Towson.

Located at the corner of York Road and Allegheny Avenue, Souris' was a longtime favorite of county workers and college students from Goucher and Towson State.

Initially, Souris' was a candy store, opened in 1928 and operated by Christopher and Areti Souris, Greek immigrants from the isle of Kythera.

The family moved the business to the current location in 1933, and later opened a restaurant and bar.

The family still owns the build- ing.

Although the elder Mr. Souris died in 1966, Areti, known as "Mom" to her customers, worked daily at the cafe until 1985, when she turned 80. She died in 1986.

After her retirement, her son, Bobby Souris, took over.

Known for his generosity to customers and employees, he often counseled his college-age workers, lent them money and occasionally bought them breakfast.

Mr. Gahagan and his partners said they hope to keep some of the original booths and furnishings, and they plan to refinish the back bar and a few of the original booths.

"We're trying to keep the essence of the old style," he said.

The holes in the wall are to become windows to bring natural light into the dark bar. A new kitchen is to be added, along with new heating and cooling systems and new furnishings.

"We think we'll do real well," said Mr. Gahagan.

"I've seen a real revitalization of central Towson in the last three months."

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