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A longtime Arlington pub has closed. Why is a mystery

From better days at Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub & Grill in Arlington (clockwise from front; fish and chips, chicken potpie, spinach salad with blackened chicken and shepherd’s pie.
From better days at Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub & Grill in Arlington (clockwise from front; fish and chips, chicken potpie, spinach salad with blackened chicken and shepherd’s pie. Star-Telegram archives

Maybe Professor Moriarty is behind this.

The Arlington location of Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub & Grill, which has been in Lincoln Square since 2003, announced Monday on its Facebook page that it has closed.

“Thank you to all of our former and current employees, patrons and bands that made this place amazing,” the post says. “We've made a lot of friends and we hope that your memories here will last a lifetime. This chapter closes, but another will open.”

The post then encourages Sherlock’s fans to visit the location in Addison. Baker St. Pub and Grill in west Fort Worth, which is connected to Sherlock’s, also remains open.

Details are slim. In the comments thread, there is a post from Sherlock’s saying that the pub closed as of Sunday morning. The closure appears to have been sudden: There are upbeat posts from as recently as Friday about events happening at the pub.

According to Star-Telegram archives, the pub opened in spring 2003 in a former Taylor’s Books space on the north side of Linccoln Square. The menu featured some British-style fare, such as fish & chips and bangers & mash, but then there was the non-British stuff, like Baja tacos. And, of course, a broad beer/wine/cocktail menu.

The pub was such an early success that Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, the sprawling beer bar that has thrived in downtown Fort Worth, closed its Lincoln Square location months after Sherlock’s opened. The Arlington Sherlock’s was a big enough deal that it once hosted auditions for the CBS reality-competition shows “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”

Queries are out to find out more about the closure. But a former employee told CultureMap Dallas that, in CultureMap’s words, “it closed for a variety of reasons, including a lull in business and issues with parking at the Lincoln Square center.”

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