Haussner's Restaurant

Opened by William Henry Haussner in 1926, Haussner's established itself as one of Baltimore's most famous landmarks before its closing in 1999. It became a necessary stop for Baltimoreans demonstrating the wonders of Charm City to out-of-town visitors.

William Haussner had come to the United States from Germany, where he worked as a chef at the Museum Restaurant in Nuremberg -- a restaurant located in an art gallery. His artistic and culinary tastes had a strong influence on the eatery he opened in Baltimore's Highlandtown neighborhood. In 1939, shortly after Haussner moved his restaurant to it's larger and well-known home, he and his wife purchased the 19th century painting "Venetian Flower Vendor," by Eugen de Blaas. This was the first of many of works of art that would come to decorate the restaurant.

Over the course of it's 73 year existence, Haussner's collected hundreds of French, Dutch, German (Flemish) and American paintings from the 1800s. They were on display from floor to ceiling in the main dining room, bar, and hallways of the restaurant. The collection consisted of many works from the estates of J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Henry Walters.

Although the restaurant was best known for its appearance, the menu was impressive, too. There were typically over 110 items from which diners could choose with entrees ranging from beef to rabbit. Of course, the most important selections were the rich German desserts and wide variety of pies.

The site of the restaurant, now stripped of it's treasure of artwork, has been converted to a culinary school by the Baltimore International College. Most of the paintings were sold in a massive Sotheby's auction, the remainder were sold locally in Baltimore. Some artifacts from the restaurant ended up at local museums. One of the most famous, an enormous ball of string left over from napkin edges, is on display at the American Dime Museum.

Previously located at:
3244 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224-4012
(Originally located at 3313 Eastern Ave)

Last meal officially served Wednesday, October 6, 1999

Trivia: Haussner's is still printed on the Baltimore version of Monopoly despite its absence due to its importance to the city.

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