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Second Chance Saloon — Lease Update

We spoke to the owners of Second Chance tonight, who are not overly optimistic about retaining their lease. The property owner, Cedar Realty Trust, claims that approximately $500,000 worth of work is needed on the building to justify keeping the business open. Realistically, the tenants and patrons do not see the basis for this figure. Calvin Ball and Ken Ulman have been involved in the effort to persuade Cedar Realty Trust to renew Second Chance's lease beyond March, but their influence does not seem to be enough, so far. We strongly believe that the loss of the Second Chance will lead to the closure of Food Lion and other Village businesses. We encourage our neighbors to contact Calvin Ball, Ken Ulman (who is running for Lieutenant Governor), the Columbia Association, and Cedar Realty Trust to keep pressure on them to keep the Second Chance Saloon open. Thank you!

Amy Sandler February 16, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Does second chance want to stay open? I love it however some work is needed to entice more customers:)
afried1025 February 16, 2014 at 08:07 AM
The place is a dump and is dirty. If you go in the kitchen and check out the food storage and temps you would probably puke.
Amy Sandler February 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM
I agree it needs major renovation. At the very least, new carpet and a paint job.
JDeeR February 16, 2014 at 07:19 PM
We would like to thank our loyal customer for the patch posting. We just want to clarify that we are VERY positive and working closely with Oakland Mills and the HOCO Economic Development dept to develop a plan for moving forward with the landlord. The building is the oldest in the center and was leased as is. The whole place was painted and updated 5 yrs ago and we have continually been working on more interior renovations such as our newly completed mens room & our new bar tile. However, Interior renovations had to temporarily stop until an agreement is reached later this month. For five years we have passed every health inspection in the entire building. The kitchen comment above we can only attribute to a disgruntled past employee which is unfortunate as me being the manager and our staff work very hard on daily upkeep. We thank you all for your continued support and look forward to many more years to come.

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