Food & Drink

Loch Bar Set For Spring Opening

The Atlas Restaurant Group will open old-school seafood house inside Four Seasons Baltimore.

By Jane Marion | February 6, 2015, 11:35 am

-Flickr
Food & Drink

Loch Bar Set For Spring Opening

The Atlas Restaurant Group will open old-school seafood house inside Four Seasons Baltimore.

By Jane Marion | February 6, 2015, 11:35 am

-Flickr

Alex Smith has been to Greece and Japan with his restaurants Ouzo Bay and Azumi.

His newest venture, along with business partner George Aligeorgas of the Atlas Restaurant Group, will hit closer to home for the Maryland native. The concept behind Loch Bar (formerly Lamill inside the Four Seasons Baltimore) will showcase Maryland seafood.

"I'm a Maryland guy," says Smith, who grew up in Timonium across from the Loch Raven Reservoir, which, in addition to his Scottish ancestry, inspired the name. "I'm big into seafood—it was time to show off what Maryland seafood is all about. The space was a coffee shop before, so we're going to have a large range of coffee and espresso and a place for people to have an upscale lunch in Harbor East, but the raw bar and Maryland seafood will be our focus."

Loch Bar's menu will feature a massive raw bar with oysters from the East and West Coast, as well as charcuterie, sandwiches, and more substantial entrees.

"We'll have mussels and clams and lobster and king crab coupled with the traditional Maryland stuff," says Smith. "One of the recipes we'll be using will be my grandmother's 50-year-old recipe for Maryland crab soup."

The beverage program will include many Baltimore-based beers on tap, including Union Craft and Heavy Seas, as well as beer flights, craft cocktails, and signature martinis.

To design the space, Smith tapped the talents of designer Patrick Sutton, who reconfigured the recently opened Azumi.

"The space will have an old-school nautical vibe," explains Smith, "with red tufted leather banquettes, darks woods, marble tables, and black-and-white tiles."

To add to ambiance, Loch Bar will offer live lounge music with piano, singing, and jazz. "There's nothing else like that in Baltimore," says Smith.

Loch Bar will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as weekend brunch.

The space, which will include outdoor seating and offer sunset views over the water, is slated for a late spring opening.




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


You May Also Like


On The Town

Where to Celebrate the Ravens Playoff Run in Baltimore

Paint the town purple with these official team events and game-day specials.

Food & Drink

Review: The Choptank

The Choptank makes us proud to be from Baltimore.

In Good Taste

Sneak Peek at Ekiben’s Second Location in Hampden

Owners prepare to unveil the renovated alleyway spot behind the Avenue.


Food & Drink

Review: Char'd City

Could this pizza spot be the next great Hamilton hangout?

Food & Drink

Review: Spice Squared

The Canton spot puts a spin on the classic neighborhood bar.

In Good Taste

Valentine’s Day Menus Fit for Every Kind of Date

Baltimore’s eclectic food scene has plenty to offer for the romantic holiday.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Orioles Execs Not Mentioned in ‘AstroGate’ Sign-Stealing Scandal: GM Mike Elias and the O’s other ex-Astros employees have steered clear of the fallout.

Maryland Politicians React to Trump Impeachment: Local leaders reflect and look ahead at Senate trial.

What to Know About the Maryland Cycling Classic Coming September 2020: For starters, Baltimore's pro cycling event will be more than 100 miles long.

Will Judge Make an Example Out of Catherine Pugh?: With the former mayor’s sentencing scheduled for February, both sides get to work on their case.

Religious Leaders React to Proposed Increase in Funding to Prevent Hate Crimes: Van Hollen, Sarbanes, and Cardin want to quadruple aid protecting local religious groups.