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Cyrus Keefer Moves On From Fork & Wrench

Fork & Wrench chef gets out of fine-dining scene.

By Jane Marion | September 23, 2014, 10:25 am

-Courtesy of Fork & Wrench
In Good Taste

Cyrus Keefer Moves On From Fork & Wrench

Fork & Wrench chef gets out of fine-dining scene.

By Jane Marion | September 23, 2014, 10:25 am

-Courtesy of Fork & Wrench

The talented Cyrus Keefer will no longer be cooking at Fork & Wrench.

Keefer took off his toque on Sunday to pursue a new venture after only a year-and-a-half at the quirky fine-dining spot in Canton.

Keefer says the decision to move on did not come lightly.

"Fork & Wrench allowed me amazing opportunities and contributed to me having the ability to reach out and work toward every chef's goal—ownership," Keefer says. "I left with a heavy heart as they are my very close friends and have helped me immensely."

The new venture will be a reunion of sorts, as Keefer (who also did a short stint at Birroteca), reteams with former employers (and owners of Federal Hill's Banditos Tacos & Tequila) Andrew Dunlap and Sean White, for whom he worked at the short-lived 1542 Gastropub.

The new concept, tentatively titled “Allbird,” will be more casual and family-friendly in concept with Asian influences.

Allbird, says Keefer, will have a "very fun concept" and will be "very approachable." He adds, "I always thought that high-end, super posh food was for me, then I realized that a very good part of that was only ego and my cooking had become more thought-invoked than felt. I want to enjoy what I cook and whom I cook for." 

No word yet on who will be taking over the kitchen at Fork & Wrench. 

Read more about Cyrus Keefer and his collaborative relationship with other area chefs in our Band of Brothers story.




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Jane Marion is the food and dining editor for Baltimore, where she covers food, wellness, beauty, and home and garden.


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