J.P. Henry's chain to close 3 operations Restaurants

January 09, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A delicatessen-pub chain has closed its only three operations, in Bel Air, Towson and Charles Village in Baltimore.

J. P. Henry's, which opened three restaurants in 1997, took its name from partners Jeff Pressman and Henry Pertman.

"We were having some financial difficulties. The closing was really the only choice we had. It's permanent," said Pressman. Pressman said his operations in Towson Commons, in the 400 block of York Road in Towson, as well as his location in the 3100 block of St. Paul St. in Charles Village, would remain closed. He has a contract to sell his Main Street Bel Air location.

L "It was a lot of places to open in one year," Pressman said.

In 1989, the partners opened a restaurant in the 1200 block of N. Charles St. called Henry and Jeff's. They withdrew from its management in 1996 to develop the concept of a delicatessen-pub.

The Bel Air location opened in early 1997, followed by the Towson Commons site in February 1997 and the Charles Village location -- in the home of the former Homewood Delicatessen -- in August.

Of the Charles Village site, Pressman said, "It's a great location. Lots of business people would want to be there. I'm sorry it's not me."

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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