Matthew Kenney to Open Two Vegan Restaurants at 414 Light Street

| March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

414 Light Street, a 44-story luxury apartment building in Inner Harbor/Otterbein, announced last week that two new restaurants are coming soon to the building’s first floor retail. Matthew Kenney Cuisine, a plant-based lifestyle brand founded by chef, author, and wellness entrepreneur Matthew Kenney, will open Plant Food + Wine and Double Zero pizzeria on Light St.

414 Light Street, which is owned by Questar, first opened its doors in August. Construction on all residential floors of the building was completed this month, according Chairman and CEO Stephen M. Gorn.

Plant Food + Wine and Double Zero both currently have locations in New York City and Los Angeles.

Both vegan restaurants will open on the retail promenade facing the Inner Harbor. Plant Food + Wine will occupy an approximately 3,000 sq. ft. space and Double Zero will occupy an approximately 1,500 sq. ft. space. Both will have outdoor seating and liquor licenses.

The restaurants will mirror their sister venues in respect to their interior design and modern style. Both restaurants will be designed by SM+P Architects.

Gorn described Plant Food + Wine as a sit-down restaurant and wine bar. He said Double Zero will have a fast-casual component, but will also have a sit-down restaurant section and a wine bar.

Both restaurants include favorites from their original locations, as well as new dishes inspired by “the seasonality and food culture of Baltimore.” Pies at Double Zero will include the Farro-Fennel Sausage with tomato and cashew mozzarella, and the Spicy Marinara Arrabiata Pizza with shiitake bacon, cauliflower, macadamia ricotta, and basil. Favorites at Plant Food + Wine include Kimchi Dumplings, and Kelp Noodle Cacio E Pepe which includes snap peas, pea sprouts, and crispy oil-cure olives.

Gorn said both menus are cutting-edge and elegant. “I’d say many of his [Matthew Kenney’s] clientele are not vegan because the quality of his distinctive cuisine appeals to all palates,” he added.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Matthew Kenney,” said Gorn in a press release. “These restaurants will add an exciting new element to our extensive Health & Wellness program at 414 Light Street and bring a unique plant-based dining experience not yet seen in Baltimore.”

“This is a huge year of growth for the plant-based market, and we’re really excited to be a part of it,” said Kenney in a press release. “We’re finally starting to see a real shift in the restaurant industry, which has been something I’ve been working toward for a very long time.”

Double Zero is currently opening four additional locations this year in Providence, RI; Boston, MA; Venice Beach, CA; and Brooklyn, NYC. Matthew Kenney Cuisine is also launching Double Zero Pizza, a line of plant-based frozen pizzas available at select supermarkets in Summer 2019.

414 Light Street has a total of 12,300 sq. ft. of retail. Utsuke Ramen will open this May in a 2,071 sq. ft. space. Gorn said a coffee, juice, and breakfast concept will also be coming to the building, and there is another 3,500 sq. ft. retail space that Questar is still working on.

Gorn is hoping the portfolio of restaurants at 414 Light Street will attract locals, regional diners, and tourists, and be a hit with the residents of his building.

Gorn said since 414 Light Street opened in August, they have been releasing different floors of apartments in phases as construction wrapped up. He said the building is almost 35% leased.

“That’s pretty spectacular, we are really happy,” said Gorn. He credits the “five-star resort-style living” at 414 Light Street to the building’s success and says it feels like “a year-round vacation.”

With construction completed, apartments being leased, and new retail being announced, Gorn said 414 Light Street has been “a resounding success.”

414 Light Street took over a surface parking lot that was once the site of the McCormick headquarters building. The western portion of the property will be converted back into a temporary surface parking lot, but Questar is currently in the concept design phase of Phase Two. Gorn said it may have a different mix of uses than Phase One.

This was first reported by Baltimore Business Journal. 

Double Zero photos courtesy of Matthew Kenney Cuisine

Plant Food + Wine photos courtesy of Matthew Kenney Cuisine

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