Columbia Lakefront Restaurant Closes

A well-reviewed restaurant in downtown Columbia has shut its doors.


Red Pearl, the lakefront Chinese restaurant, has closed its doors and cleaned out its tables.

A Howard Hughes Co. spokesperson confirmed Red Pearl is closed for good. Howard Hughes owns the building, but would not comment on what may be moving in next. 

A hostess at neighboring Sushi Sono said the restaurant packed up about two weeks ago, without indicating why.

What do you think should replace Red Pearl? Tell us in comments.

The restaurant, which received popular reviews from online restaurant rating sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon, was empty on Wednesday afternoon with its tables out of sight, doors locked and lights off.

Red Pearl's phone number no longer rings and its website, although still up, gives no indication that they have closed or why.

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Margaret Smith November 10, 2012 at 04:22 AM
I feel that having Bone Fish to Columbia would be nice. It would make the Lakefront more vital.
Charlotte Jackson November 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I would like to see a seafood restaurant come there! Right now all we have is Red Lobster!!!
Joan November 12, 2012 at 02:52 PM
This last Sunday I learned about the bad news but decided to go to the Tomato Palace with my family for their Sunday Brunch. Absolutely fantastic. It wasn't dim sum but the brunch menu items were all delicious & the service was fantastic. Highly reccomended.
Columbia Ted November 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The problem is that the rent will be very high so therefore it will have to be pricey to even stand a chance of making a profit. With Clydes right there it will have stiff competition if the menus are even similar. Korean won't work for 2 reasons...one, there are a lot of Korean restaurants in Ellicott City like Bethany Square and Golden Triangle. Secondly, most non-Asians aren't that familar with Korean foods and would tend to go with something they are more comfortable with. I personally like the Bonefish suggestion or even a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company or Legal Seafood.
near_starlet November 13, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Why not a "non-chain" restaurant? Perhaps a local seafood, or high-end steakhouse? Even better would be a natural food (i.e.: Vegetarian and Vegan dishes served too!) restaurant!


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