A new restaurant named By Degrees has opened in Little Italy in the old Fallsway Spring & Equipment Co. building, just a block or so away from Heavy Seas Alehouse.

The new cafe looks to have a built-in customer base. The renovated building’s major tenant is Groove Commerce, a digital advertising agency.

Here's how the cafe explains its name on its website: "We are shifting the culinary landscape 'by a few degrees' to focus on what’s important: well-prepared & honest food, great service, and reasonable prices."

On the mid-priced menu: soups, salads, braised brisket, crispy fish and roasted turkey sandwiches; and approachable mid-priced entrees like pasta Bolognese, fish and chips and pan-roasted chicken. You can see the menu here. The chef and general manager at By Degrees is Omar Semidey, formerly of The Wine Market and Fleet Street Kitchen.

By Degrees is at 443 S. Central (at the corner of Eastern and S. Central). For information call 410-522-0478 or go to bydegreescafe.com.