Overseeing operations everywhere from fine dining dens like Ouzo Bay and Azumi to fast-casual eateries like Häagen Dazs and Harbor East Deli, restaurateur Alex Smith is already dominating the dining scene in Harbor East. But come 2017, the Atlas Restaurant Group owner will add two new spots to his list of properties in the waterfront neighborhood.
Though there has been buzz circulating in the foodie community about this recently, today Smith gave Baltimore official word that Atlas has entered into a partnership with Bagby Restaurant Group—of which Smith’s uncle, David Smith, is the owner—to rebrand Fleet Street Kitchen and Ten Ten American Bistro in Harbor East.
Both restaurants will operate as normal until early 2017, when they will close briefly for interior upgrades to go along with the rebrand.
“We know we can develop two very strong concepts for these spaces in Harbor East,” Smith said. “Similar to Ouzo Bay, Azumi, and Loch Bar, we will develop concepts that are unique to this city and continue to elevate Baltimore’s dining scene.”
Although specific details about the concepts have yet to be released, Smith says that reconstructing the Bagby courtyard, which the two restaurants share, will be a main priority during the rebrand: “It’s going to be one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the city,” he notes.
The kitchens at both restaurants will be headed up by chef partner Julian Marucci, who most recently served as executive chef at Cinghiale before leaving his post earlier this month. Additionally, the new team includes David Goodman, also formerly of Cinghiale, who has been brought on as managing partner.
“I am very excited to be partnering in these two new projects,” Marucci said in a statement. “This opportunity will allow me to embrace my creativity and will give me the chance to work with a great group of people who are just as passionate about the business as I am.”
The acquisition of the Bagby buildings brings Atlas Restaurant Group to a total of seven restaurants, operating six different concepts, and employing more than 400 people.