Our Story

Founded in 2012 with the opening of Mediterranean Kouzina Ouzo Bay in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood, Atlas Restaurant Group now includes Azumi, The Bygone, Tagliata, The Elk Room, Harbor East Delicatessen & Pizzeria, Italian Disco, The Lollipop, Ouzo Beach, The Choptank, Loch Bar in Baltimore, Houston, TX and Boca Raton, FL., Ouzo Bay in Baltimore and Houston. TX.

Following five years as a professional lacrosse player, including winning a gold medal with Team USA, and inspired to pursue a career in hospitality by his grandfather’s immense success with Baltimore’s H&S Bakery, Alex got his start operating a Häagen-Dazs franchise in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood. His younger brother Eric began working for the group as a bartender, before joining Atlas Restaurant Group as Managing Partner and overseeing the restaurants’ impressive beverage programs.

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With each restaurant, Atlas Restaurant Group provides an unparalleled experience that is redefining Baltimore’s culinary culture. With a variety of concepts and cuisines, the common thread between Atlas restaurant’s is the integrity of product sourced from around the world. Japanese concept Azumi receives fish flown in from Japan’s famous Tsukiji Market. Seafood tavern Loch Bar has the area’s largest oyster program. The Choptank sources blue crabs from the Chesapeake. Italian chophouse Tagliata cures their own charcuterie in-house. Mediterranean concept Ouzo Bay receives seafood flown in from around the world each morning. The Bygone has the state’s largest whiskey list. French steakhouse Monarque dry-ages their own steaks in-house. Maximón has the area’s largest agave spirits selection behind the bar. Atlas Farms provides sustainable, organic produce to all of Atlas’ Baltimore properties.

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Our Team

Alex Smith


Eric Smith


Brian McCormack


Roy Kelin

Vice President, Operations

Julie East

Vice President, Human Resources

Tracey English

Vice President, Finance

Joe Sweeney

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Aaron Taylor

Corporate Chef

Scott Sulma

Director of Operations - Houston

David Goodman

Regional Director of Operations

Rita Lymperopoulos

Director of Operations

Brandon Guidry

Director of Operations - Hotel Properties

Alisher Yallaev

Executive Concept Chef

Gabby Lowman

Director of Human Resources

Theresa Donnelly

Director of Procurement

Hillary O’Neil

Art Director

Katherine Downes

Graphic Designer

Isabella Shapiro

Social Media Coordinator

Charlotte Nagey

Corporate Photographer

Kristen Hladky

Private Dining Manager

Nicole Manning

Private Dining Manager

Barrett Johnson

Entertainment Director

Renita Wilson

Office and Reservations Manager

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