The former owner of John Steven Ltd. in Fells Point is hoping to bring the space back to its former glory under a new name, The Penny Black. Chuck Doering, who opened John Steven Ltd. and owned the seafood restaurant and bar from 1978-2006, was recently cleaning out the space and said he is waiting on bank loans and bankruptcy court to decide if he can go ahead with the new tavern, named for his daughter Eliza's band of the same name.
John Steven Ltd. closed at the end of July, with owner Lyle Michael Farmer telling The Sun's Richard Gorelick he was hoping to open back up. It now appears that it's gone for good. But fans of the old place can take heart in this: When Doering named the bar in the '70s, he incorporated something from his children, using the name of his son Matthew's teddy bear as inspiration.