Culinary-Driven Restaurant ‘At Light’s End’ Coming to 2 East Wells

| March 10, 2016 | 1 Comments

FullSizeRenderA new culinary-driven restaurant called At Light’s End is coming to 2 East Wells, the mixed-use building in South Baltimore that includes 153 apartments, 5,864 sq. ft. of retail space, and a 260-car parking garage. At Light’s End will occupy 3,723 sq. ft. of the retail space. Jon Mayers of Chesapeake Realty Partners, the building’s owner, told the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA) general membership meeting that a second restaurant with a focus on breakfast, lunch, prepared foods, and coffee will likely open in the other 2141 sq. ft. space.

The At Light’s End team includes chef Jeff Keeney, a former owner of Crazy Lil’s and chef at Tark’s Grille. He was also previously the chef at The Point in Fell’s Point and the former Dooby’s in Canton. He is teaming up with another partner who currently manages a South Baltimore restaurant.

At Light’s End will seat 129 people and feature an open kitchen surrounded by 15 to 18 bar seats where patrons can watch the chefs cook, a bar with about 11 seats and a television, and a large dining area. There will also be a raw bar where they will serve oysters from a small farm in Virginia, as well as ceviche and more. The overall design will be highlighted by stained concrete floors and concrete bar tops.

The restaurant will be open each day for lunch and dinner from 11am to about 11pm and likely later on the weekends. The menu will feature 15 rotating dishes made up of foods Keeney buys at local farmers markets. The opening menu features starters such as spicy bourbon beer nuts, pickled vegetables, tuna, and salads. Sandwiches and starters include burgers, a tempura shrimp po’ boy lettuce wrap, meatloaf, crab cake, duck tacos, and oyster pot pie, and entrees including steak, snapper, shrimp, crab cakes, and more. At Light’s End will also offer a brunch menu on the weekends. Keeney described the menu as affordable.

The bar will have a focus on rye whiskey, as customers can buy a bottle and store it behind the bar, as well as craft cocktails incorporating their pickled vegetables. There will be five draft lines serving craft beers and an extensive wine menu.

At Light’s End has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the SBNA and goes before the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) for an application for a new restaurant license. The team is hoping to start construction in about six weeks and is hoping to open around Labor Day.

Keeney told that they were drawn to the site because of their love for the city and the area, as well as a great floor plan and their partnership with Chesapeake Realty Partners. Keeney also loves being near the Pabst Castle, which will become a new office for ZeroFox, as well as Hersh’s and the soon-to-be announced restaurant next door. Keeney also noted he and his partner walked the area around 2 East Wells and met so many great neighbors who are excited about their new restaurant.

2 East Wells has 29 parking spaces dedicated to the two retail spaces.

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