The Local Fry to Open on Cross Street in Federal Hill

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

photoThe former M&T Bank at 17-21 East Cross St. in Federal Hill is now completely leased as The Local Fry, a specialty french fry shop, will be opening in a 2,000 sq. ft. space at 21 East Cross St. The property was purchased by Caves Valley Partners in 2012 and Stuggy’s, which opened in 2013, occupies the adjacent 1,000 sq. ft. space at the former bank.

Headed up by husband and wife team Kevin and Elizabeth Irish, The Local Fry will focus on specialty fries, as well as buffalo wings, salads and more. Kevin, a native of Ireland, and Elizabeth, a native of the Baltimore area, previously lived in Ireland before moving back to the United States in 2009 when they were given the opportunity to run a wing and sub shop in West Baltimore. “We had a lot of good times there and learned a lot about what goes into running a successful food business. After four years there, we decided to sell and try a new restaurant concept that we could build from the ground up,” said Kevin Irish.

“Living and working so close to the city, we often found ourselves exploring and spending time in the different neighborhoods of Baltimore. We were witnessing the ever-growing Baltimore food scene and we wanted to be a part of it. After searching for more than a year both in and around the city, we found the perfect spot in Federal Hill,” continued Kevin Irish.

The main focus of The Local Fry will be a gourmet specialty fries menu which will feature fries loaded with unique toppings, sauces and seasonings using fresh ingredients, all of which will be made in-house. “Fries are oftentimes overlooked as just a side dish and our goal is to make it the star, a meal in itself. Think poutine times 10,” said Kevin Irish.

“The concept was born on our first visit back to Ireland after moving stateside. There were dishes we craved from Europe that we couldn’t find in the states,” he continued. “Our menu will have many dishes inspired by our different cultures and our travels around the world. It is a reflection of us as a team and as a couple – Irish chip meets American fry! The Local Fry has been a project that we’ve been working on for some time and we are extremely excited to see it finally come to life.”

TheLocalFryOL_CConstruction is now underway at The Local Fry and they are hoping to be open before or around Thanksgiving. They plan on offering BYOB and late night hours.

“We want The Local Fry to be a place where people can come hang out and have great food and conversation. We want to get involved in the neighborhood and truly become a part of the Fed Hill community,” said Kevin Irish.

The northern side of the unit block of East Cross St. has undergone several changes in recent months as Bookmakers is now open at the former home of Nevin’s Cross Street Station and Unleashed by Petco is preparing to open at the former home of Sign-A-Rama and Quiznos.

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