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Audio: What will restaurants look like? With Alex Smith, Founder & President of Atlas Restaurant Group

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What will restaurants look like? With Alex Smith, Founder & President of Atlas Restaurant Group, and CBRE SVP, Restaurant Practice Leader - Emerging Concepts Jessica Curtis

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Baltimore Business Journal: Best in Real Estate Awards 2020

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The Baltimore area ended 2019 with a more robust skyline, major leases signed by companies coming to town, impressive renovations of historic buildings and innovative developments primed to help revitalize entire neighborhoods. As we persevere through an unprecedented, challenging year for local real estate, we’re eager to celebrate those successes. For this year’s Best in Real Estate Awards, we’ve picked a range of 2019 projects and deals that are now (or will soon be) serving everyone from low-income renters and city school students to football fans and luxury view seekers. Our awardees were borne from unique visions brought to life by teams of developers, architects and builders, inspiring collaborations between state agencies, nonprofits and the private sector that brought buildings into the 21st century, and leases and sales that should inspire some optimism about the regional strength of commercial and industrial real estate.

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The Red Wine Pasta Dough Recipe

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Courtesy Julian Marucci, chef, Tagliata, Baltimore Using red wine in place of water adds flavor, body and color to this pasta dough. It works well in heartier meat-sauced dishes like Marucci’s braised beef ragù. Imported 00 flour, also called doppio zero, is made with fine-ground durum wheat that lends a nice al dente bite to pasta. If you can’t find it, you can substitute high-quality, all-purpose flour.

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Be Our Guest: How Restaurants Are Winning Their Customers Back

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Dining has changed, and owners are getting creative to keep customers safe by adapting the restaurant experience.

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Atlas reopened its Houston restaurants. Here are CEO Alex Smith's takeaways.

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VIDEO: As Maryland gets closer to reopening, restaurants take steps to keep customers safe

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VIDEO: Atlas CEO on Yahoo Finance's On The Move

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Restaurant owners remain fearful that the coronavirus will close their business once and for all. Atlas Restaurant Group CEO Alex Smith joins Yahoo Finance’s On The Move to assess the future of the food industry and potential plans of reopening.

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5 steps restaurants should take before bringing back staff

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Before restaurants consider reopening their dining rooms, experts say operators should review payroll practices, rehire based on seniority and develop ways to monitor employee health.

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Well Done Wednesday: Smith Brothers Provide Meals For Hospitality Industry Workers

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Delaware men's lacrosse has a motto: well done is better than well said. It applies to many things about being a college lacrosse player. Being diligent in practice, working hard in the weight room, excelling in class. But more importantly, it applies to life after college lacrosse. Two alumni of the program, brothers Alex and Eric Smith, are embodying that mindset during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Smith brothers are co-owners of Atlas Restaurant Group, operating 15 different restaurants in both Baltimore and Houston with plans to open five more and expand to Washington, D.C. Weighing the long-term economic survival of the business in the face of a lockdown, and hoping to ensure that there were still jobs to come back to one day, they made the difficult decision to furlough the majority of their workforce.

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Five alluring dining destinations create a buzz in Charm City

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Baltimore’s vibrant dining scene often plays second fiddle to Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York. But this harborside city boasts its share of cutting-edge eateries just waiting to be discovered. Atlas Restaurant Group continues to make a big splash with a portfolio of dining rooms in Baltimore, Houston and Florida. The group’s partners have an unstoppable vision for how to tempt our palates; their latest local spots include The Choptank, a fish and crab house, and the Mexican-inspired Maximón.

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Reopening Has Begun. No One Is Sure What Happens Next.

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The heated debate over when to restart the economy has obscured an issue that could prove just as thorny: How to do it.

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How a Mid-Sized Restaurant Group is Weathering COVID-19

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The CEO of Baltimore-based Atlas Restaurant Group on operating his 15-restaurant group in a new reality

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Alex Smith Spoke With 101.9FM About Helping Local Hospitality Workers

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Find Out About Atlas Restaurant Group's Latest Weekly Grocery Giveaway For Restaurant Workers And The Hospitality Community

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CNBC: Marcus Lemonis offers advice to three small business owners (Video)

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CNBC: Marcus Lemonis offers advice to three small business owners (Video)

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Azumi on Fox 45's Morning Show

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Baltimore Magazine's best restaurants issue is out now with a list of the 50 best spots in Baltimore. Azumi Restaurant was named "the best place to belly up to the (sushi) bar". Chef Alisher Yallaev and general manager Ian Shamosh joins us to talk about it.

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Atlas Restaurant Group announces new venture — but you can't get a table there

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Atlas Restaurant Group is doubling down on the farm-to-table experience. The Baltimore-based company announced on Monday the creation of Atlas Farms in Carroll County, with the goal of supplying 100% of the produce at its restaurants and becoming a certified organic farm within three years. In addition to supplying the restaurants, the farm's fruit, vegetables and herbs will also be sold at local farmers markets and donated to area food banks, according to a release from Atlas.

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America’s Coolest Speakeasies: 10 of the Best

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How to find these secretive spots and which of their signature drinks to sample

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8 Stunning Seafood Towers to Splurge On in Houston

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In the world of dining, there are few dishes that signal “I’m splurging” more clearly than a gorgeously arranged seafood tower. Loaded down with ice and piled high with oysters, lobster, crab, shrimp, and more fruits of the sea, these towers are often as aesthetically pleasing as they are delicious. Looking to ball out on a seriously great seafood tower? Look no further than these 8 Houston restaurants, all boasting seafood towers that range from simple and affordable appetizer options to seriously massive, shareable works of art.

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Video: Gameday Cocktails Sure to Score a Touchdown

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Gameday cocktails sure to score a touchdown Jonathan Jones, Head Mixologist for Loch Bar, stopped by Great Day Houston with easy drinks to make at home.

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Atlas' New Cross Street Market Crab House Will Have a Rooftop Deck

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Federal Hill could have a new rooftop dining spot by this fall. Watershed, the Atlas Restaurant Group crab house coming to Cross Street Market, will feature a rooftop deck with seating for nearly 170 people, according to new renderings unveiled Thursday.

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Atlas Restaurant Group's "Watershed" at Cross Street Market to Have Large Rooftop Deck

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On Thursday, Cross Street Market developer Arsh Mirmiran of Caves Valley Partners (CVP) and architects from Brown Craig Turner (BCT) revealed plans to Baltimore City Planning Department’s Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel (UDAAP) for the exterior of Watershed, the seafood restaurant by the Atlas Restaurant Group that will occupy the S. Charles St. entrance to the market. The design features a long rooftop deck that stretches the entire length of Watershed’s 5,200 sq. ft. interior space.

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It List + Houston Magazine's 15th Anniversary Party

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On Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, Houston magazine hosted an extravagant party at Loch Bar in River Oaks District to celebrate the 2020 "It List" and its 15th anniversary year. Over 300 guests walked a red carpet to the entrance of the new restaurant, where they were welcomed with whiskey tastings by Glenfiddich Gran Cru. Todd Events, Revelry Goods and LG Entertainment helped transform the venue into a '70s disco party, complete with mirrored balls and gold fringe. Loch Bar provided a delicious selection of passed hors d'oeuvres, while specialty wines and cocktails were provided by Vintage Wine Estates, Hendricks Gin, Milagro Tequila, Flor De Cana 8YR Rum, Monkey Shoulder Whiskey and Reyka Vodka. Among the evening's entertainment was a Lipstick Physic Reader, who used a lipstick print to tell guests their fortune. It was a groovy night to say the least.

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MAXIMÓN VIP PREVIEW PARTIES

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Many of of Baltimore’s movers-&-shakers got the first look at Maximón, the newest member of the Atlas Restaurant Group family, at a couple of preview parties held at the new restaurant located in the Four Seasons Baltimore Hotel.

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Review: The Choptank

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The Choptank makes us proud to be from Baltimore.

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The Dig: Food and Family and Cookies (Video)

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The process behind Greek Christmas cookies is discussed by a Baltimore-based pastry chef.

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My Favorite Baltimore Bites of 2019

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The dining scene continues to soar, and, oh, what a year it was to eat—and drink—in Baltimore. What didn’t I eat this year? From foie gras and snails to matcha ice cream and crab cakes with succotash, I enjoyed it all. But a few things stand out, and there’s a theme to my picks here. Life is complicated enough—when it comes to dining out, this was the year I craved simple sandwiches, comfort food, and mezcal-based cocktails to wash it all down. In looking back, who knew that celery—a vegetable of last resort—would play a starring role on my best bites list?

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These are Houston's 12 best new restaurants of 2019

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When it comes to new restaurants, this year has been an exceptional. Overall, the city’s restaurants continue to build on the momentum of 2018 when newcomers like UB Preserv, Indigo, and Blood Bros. BBQ all opened and went on to garner national attention in the year that followed. At a time when it’s become easy to complain about well-funded out-of-towners crowding out independent operators, this year’s crop of new restaurants demonstrate that locally owned businesses still lead the way in creativity and overall quality. Of course, this list also makes room for a couple of establishments that started outside the Lone Star State — after all, good is good. As always, this list strictly adheres to restaurants that opened in the calendar year of 2019. It’s also based on impressions formed during multiple visits, which excludes a restaurant like Guard & Grace that might have made this list if I’d had more time to visit it. Teasing out themes can be tricky, but a couple do emerge. First, I’m pretty happy there’s lot of new pizza options; five of this year’s restaurant serve traditional pies and one more just introduced a Sicilian variation. Restaurants with something new to add to the conversation about two of Texas’ most popular cuisines, barbecue and Tex-Mex, also make the list. Warm, knowledgeable service, desserts that are more than an afterthought, and comprehensive beverage programs all elevate some restaurants over others.

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Everywhere You Need to Eat in Baltimore Right Now

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To name the best Baltimore restaurants is sort of a complicated ask. We’re used to being told we’re a stopover city, a place to pass through on the way from DC to New York. And, sometimes, we relish that. We have so many well-kept secrets here that, often, it’s nice to enjoy them for ourselves. But, like a good pot of steamed crabs, we can no longer keep a lid on the great restaurants and bars Baltimore has to offer. We have James Beard-nominated chefs and cocktail programs, tons of innovative restaurants, and, yes, bushels of local seafood to sample -- but crabs are far from the only Chesapeake Bay creature worth consuming.

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Houston’s Best Restaurant Openings of 2019

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Houston is America’s restaurant boomtown. What started as a slow simmering of greatness has come to a full blown boiling point these last few years, and the trend of gastronomic hotness only continued in 2019. This year’s freshman class of restaurants is a mashup of familiar faces and out-of-towners, with a madly delicious dining concept that’ll take you to Madrid, a hot new food hall where the focus is on the chefs, a playful BBQ pop-up turned brick-and-mortar spot that was totally worth the wait, a powerhouse steakhouse catering to the baller type, and a boatload of seafood concepts that manage to standout in this meat-loving city.

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New Year's Eve at Tag/Elk/Disco

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THREE VENUES • ONE BIG PARTY

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New Year's Eve at The Bygone/Maximón

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Two Become One • Party at The Bygone & Maximón

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New Year's Eve at Loch Bar

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Ring in the New Year at Loch Bar with an open bar, live music, raw bar, passed appetizers and buffet!

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New Year's Eve at The Choptank

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The Choptank will be partying all night until 4am! Grab your tickets ASAP for premium open bar, standing buffet and passed hors d'oeuvres. Food will be served until midnight. We'll have live music from the legendary Speakers of the House. We are also going to have a heated tent around our outdoor patio to ensure there's plenty of room for everybody!

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Maximón sets News Year's Eve opening at the Four Seasons in Harbor East

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Baltimore's Atlas Restaurant Group will ring in the new year by opening its newest eatery in Harbor East. Maximón, a restaurant serving food inspired by South American and Mexican cuisine, is slated to make its debut inside of the Four Seasons Baltimore as part of a ticketed New Year' s Eve celebration co-hosted by the Bygone, another Atlas concept on the hotel's top floor.

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Chef Andrew Weinzirl Discusses His Transition to The Choptank

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Plus, the former Brewer's Art chef shares where he likes to dine out and thoughts on the farm-to-table trend.

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40 Under 40 2019: Eric Smith, Atlas Restaurant Group

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Meet the Baltimore Business Journal's 40 Under 40 class of 2019

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Baltimore travel: Hip revamp is a work of art

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WITH its boundary -pushing art scene, exciting foodie movement and booming brewing industry, Baltimore is fast becoming one of the USA's most intriguing city break destinations.

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Video: Atlas Restaurant Group offers special deal for Veterans

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On Veterans Day, Atlas Restaurant Group is offering all veterans a special discount for their service. Joining us Sunday morning is Atlas Restaurant Group General Manager Matt Troisi.

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Atlas Opening French Brasserie and Dinner Theater in Harbor East

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Since first expanding to the historic Bagby Furniture Company building on Fleet Street in 2017, Atlas Restaurant Group has debuted Italian chophouse Tagliata, old-school pizza shop Italian Disco, and dimly lit speakeasy The Elk Room on the property. Come winter, the back of the courtyard that all three concepts share will house an illuminated marquee welcoming guests to Monarque—the group’s latest concept that takes inspiration from a classic French brasserie and dinner theater.

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Atlas Restaurant Group Plans French Brasserie and Dinner Theater

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Atlas Restaurant Group will bring some French flair to the Bagby Furniture building in Harbor East next year. The restaurant group unveiled its latest concept, a French brasserie and dinner theater called Monarque, on Friday. The 135-seat restaurant will hearken back to a bygone Paris with tin ceilings, leather banquettes and a stage hung with burgundy curtains.

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Cocktails & Conversation with Atlas President Alex Smith

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Atlas Restaurant Group president Alex Smith joins Sloane…or should we say Sloane joins Alex? That’s because they’re sitting in the newest addition to Atlas’ collection of fabulous restaurants, Choptank. Alex fills us in a bit about Atlas, and what they go for with each of their eateries.

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Ballin’ on a Budget with Bart Scott Ep1: Alex Smith, Founder of Atlas Restaurant Group

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Ballin’ on a Budget with Bart Scott Ep1: Alex Smith, Founder of Atlas Restaurant Group

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At River Oaks District, Two Must-Try, See-and-Be-Seen Spots

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Ouzo Bay is always busy, teeming with servers and managers along with crowds of people eating, drinking, and chatting beneath the striking coral-like installation hanging from the ceiling. The bar, with its shimmering gold backdrop, is never less than stuffed.

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Wine Spectator: A Perfect Match

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While many people default to red wine with Italian tomato-based sauces, that's not always the best call. Wine Spectator's Hilary Sims and Julie Harans share tips for making Tagliata chef Julian Marucci's spaghetti—which also contains Marcona almonds, anchovies and chile paste—and for pairing a white wine with it.

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48-Hours in Baltimore: How To Get There

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Well deservingly known as Charm City, the views are phenomenal, the food is fantastic and the people are super friendly. Discover the very best of the city in a weekend with our ultimate travel guide, featuring what to do, see and eat in Baltimore.

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10 New Houston Venues for 2019 Fall Meetings and Events

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Here's a look at new Houston eateries, nightclubs, outdoor venues, conference areas, private rooms, and other spaces for all types of fall meetings and events. The new and renovated Houston venues are available for corporate parties, fund-raisers, business dinners, teambuilding activities, client entertaining, meetings, weddings, and more.

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6 Exciting Updates To Houston's Restaurant Scene This Summer

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Featuring one of the region’s largest raw bars, Loch Bar (4444 Westheimer Road, 713.904.1310, lochbar.com) will soon settle in River Oaks District as sidekick to Ouzo Bay from Baltimore’s Atlas Restaurant Group. The upscale seafood tavern will offer oyster varieties from coast to coast, Maryland crabcakes and meatier entrees (bone-in pork chops with braised kale, pommes Anna and pork au jus sauce, pepper-encrusted ribeye, whole lobster) along with an extensive roster of whiskeys.

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After ‘unforeseen delays,’ ribbon-cutting for Broadway Market restaurant The Choptank set for September

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The Sept. 13 ceremony is for invited guests only; among them, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, various members of the City Council, and Choptank owners Alex Smith, Eric Smith and Vasilios Tserkis.

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Choptank, Atlas Restaurant Group’s latest concept, sets opening date at Broadway Market

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The Choptank, an upscale seafood house from the Atlas Restaurant Group, is set to open next month in Fells Point, capping off a redevelopment of the historic Broadway Market.

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Baltimore Turns Up the Charm in These 5 Buzzy Neighborhoods

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Harbor East is one of Baltimore’s most recently developed neighborhoods. Where there once were industrial warehouses, there are now vibrant restaurants and bars, high-end shopping and cultural institutions.

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Atlas plans 125-seat patio at new restaurant Maximón

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An outdoor patio planned for Maximón, a Latin American-inspired restaurant slated to open later this year, will add a Spanish-style courtyard with fountains, greenery and an outdoor bar to the waterfront by the Four Seasons Hotel.

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23 Places to Eat and Drink During a Day Trip to Baltimore

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In June, Atlas Restaurant Group debuted this outdoor bar and restaurant specializing in small seafood plates. Outfitted with palm trees, blue stone, and a wooden trellis, it’s designed to resemble a Mediterranean villa.

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Contemporary Seafood Hits River Oaks District

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Loch Bar and Ouzo Bar are standalone restaurants with only a few [key] things in common, great atmosphere, the highest quality seafood and impeccable service.

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7 Of The Best Bars In Baltimore

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The Elk Room has only been on the scene in Baltimore for two years but in 2018, was already on the list of Best Bars in America. The bar boasts a unique feel and the drinks are legit and known for their presentation and excellent flavours.

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Atlas Group is bringing teppanyaki to Azumi, plus a new, yet-to-be-announced concept

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When the Atlas Restaurant Group team traveled to Japan last year, they flooded Azumi's Instagram account with mouth-watering pictures of the local cuisine. Now they're bringing one of those dining experiences to Baltimore.

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Azumi adding high-end Japanese grill to Four Seasons; chef Anthony Micari hired to head future concept

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Azumi is bringing a $500,000 Japanese grill concept to its Harbor East location, the Atlas Restaurant Group announced Wednesday.

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Ravens Tackle Ronnie Stanley’s Appetite for Being the Best Includes $364 Steak

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The unofficial foodie king of the Ravens, Stanley seeks out places that are unique to Baltimore and pride themselves on being creative and visionary.

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We asked 10 Wine Pros: What’s the Most Common Mistake People Make in Wine Country?

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“Regardless of what wine region you go to (Greece is one of my favorites), take time to go to the small wineries. Your experience will be priceless and you’ll be able to dive into greater detail about the wines and the winemaking process.

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12 Greek Restaurants in the U.S. Where Wine is Golden

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These 12 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners with Greek menus also showcase the country on their wine lists, creating cohesive, authentic experiences.

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Houston’s Top Lobster Rolls

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“Maine lobster roll––probably the best lobster roll I've ever had. They added a good amount of huge chunks of lobster, which was sweet and fresh.”

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New Greek Restaurant Bring Serious Seafood and Wine to the River Oaks Scene

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At the entry, pearl-colored iridescent tiles lie underfoot and shimmer on the walls behind a behemoth bar. Cool Aegean-blue fabric lines the banquettes, while lighting shades overhead conjure octopus tentacles.

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East Coast Oyster Bar Shakes Up the River Oaks Scene with Fresh Seafood and Late Night Hours

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Take a seat in one of the cozy burgundy-hued tufted-leather banquettes pulled up to white marble tables, where gleaming brass lends the room a timeless feel.

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Flash, Glitz, and Serious Seafood at Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar

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Most places at River Oaks District can be flashy, but it’s the food and drink here that may rise it above the rest.

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First Bite: Restaurant & Bar Duo Add Two New Upscale Spots to River Oaks District

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The River Oaks District at 4444 Westheimer has become known for its high-end, ritzy restaurants, such as Bisou and 48 Steak. Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar, both from Baltimore-based Atlas Restaurant Group, are the latest additions to the glamorous dining scene.

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100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2019

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Our 100 Most Scenic Restaurants list for 2019 highlights restaurants that offer breath-taking views of nature, cityscapes and travel-worthy landmarks.

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Atlas Restaurant Group Hiring Hundreds Ahead of Opening Choptank, Three Other Concepts

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With the addition of the Choptank and Maximón, Smith said the company will have just over 800 employees in Baltimore alone. He added that he and his brother Eric Smith feel like they are "making a difference" in the city by employing so many people at wages above minimum wage.

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Ouzo Bay Brings Seafood Thrills to River Oaks

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Without even announcing an opening date, Ouzo Bay found itself mobbed with 170 walk-in the night it opened last week. That tells company founder Alex Smith that Houston is hungry not just for the seafood thrills Ouzo Bay is promising (Mediterranean dishes liberally laced with Greek flavors) but for an haute new playground with a sophisticated pedigree.

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Houston’s 17 Hottest Restaurants, July 2019

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Head to Ouzo Bay for grilled Portuguese octopus, pan-seared Dover sole, and crab cakes straight from Maryland. Next door, sister spot Loch Bar slings fresh oysters and 400 different types of whiskey.

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Restaurant Talk: The Next Generation Build the Future of Baltimore Dining

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With forward-thinking restaurants like Tagliata, Bygone and Ouzo Bay, brothers Alex and Eric Smith are trying to fire up the next hot destination city for wine and dining.

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American’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2019

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A selection of restaurants where wine is shared and celebrated, and where, in our experiences, the selection, food, service and atmosphere are all exceptional.

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6 Brilliant Ways Chefs Are Using Old Bay This Summer

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What was originally created to complement crab and shrimp now finds its way into many more dishes

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10 Most Exciting New Restaurants in Houston

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This stylish Mediterranean import shoring in on the River Oak District serves fresh fish flown in daily from the Mediterranean.

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Loch Bar Brings Maryland Cuisine to Boca Raton

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Known for its raw bars and elixirs, Loch Bar made its South Florida debut in Fall 2018.

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Outdoor Drinking Spots to Put on Your Summer Bucket List

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Where to go-and what to sip-to cool off this season

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The 30 Most Anticipated Restaurants, Bars, Breweries and Food Halls Opening In Houston This Summer

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This summer is loaded with interesting concepts from both prominent local operators and established restaurants from beyond the Red River.

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Houston’s Greek Wine Guru Pops Up at New River Oaks District Seafood Restaurants

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The whole thing, as far as Turner’s concerned, gives him a playground where he can bring his passion for Greek wine to a larger audience.

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Open & Shut: Ouzo Beach

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Ouzo Bay in Harbor East is furthering its Mediterranean mission with this new outdoor venue.

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Loch Bar Brings Seafood Tavern Concept to River Oaks

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With a dozen restaurant brands in their native Baltimore and one in Boca Raton, FL, Atlas is now ready to bring their high-energy game to H-town with both Loch Bar and Ouzo Bay.

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These Are the Largest Restaurant Groups in Greater Baltimore

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To qualify for the list, restaurant groups must be based in Greater Baltimore, with at least four locations in the region.

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George Springer’s All-Star Bowling Benefit Kickoff Party Was a Home Run

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Supporters gathers at a not-yet-opened River Oaks District restaurant to celebrate the upcoming fifth annual event.

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Cool Digs: Inside Atlas Restaurant Group’s New Harbor East Office

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Atlas Restaurant Group has moved and expanded its headquarters amid rapid growth and new concepts.

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The most highly anticipated 2019 winter restaurant openings in Houston

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Burger joints, seafood spots, Indian fare and more, get ready for several new restaurants to hit up this winter.

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Ouzo Bay to add waterfront venue 'Ouzo Beach' as part of $1M remodel

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"Ouzo Beach," an extension of the Greek restaurant, will be a 120-seat bar and lounge styled to look like the gated courtyard of a Mediterranean villa.

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Disco Fever - Italian Disco hits the right notes

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First things first: there really is a disco ball hanging from the ceiling at Italian Disco, the Atlas Restaurant Group’s latest eatery in its burgeoning Harbor East empire. When we visited in the fall, it started rotating around 8 p.m., adding an extra dash of funk to the festivities. Not that it was needed—we were already having, well, a ball.

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Seafood concept opens at Mizner Park

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Loch Bar, a restaurant by Maryland-based hospitality company Atlas Restaurant Group, has opened at Boca Raton's Mizner Park.

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Here's what The Choptank restaurant at Broadway Market will look like

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The design for The Choptank at the Broadway Market shows an upscale eatery designed to mesh the old with the new in historic Fells Point.

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