Pen & Quill will take over the main restaurant space in The Chesapeake

Exterior of The Chesapeake, as shown in August 2013 (Amy Davis/ Baltimore Sun photo / August 8, 2013)

The Karzai family has a name for the restaurant they're developing at The Chesapeake, the gateway property at 1700 North Charles Street.

The restaurant will be called Pen & Quill, according to owner Helmand Karzai.

Pen and Quill, Karzai said, was the name of the cocktail lounge within the old Chesapeake Restaurant, which flourished on the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets during the 1950s and the 1960s. 

The forthcoming restaurant also has its executive chef, Karzai said. It is Baltimore native Bella Kline, who has worked as a sous chef at The Chameleon in Lauraville and more recently at Longman and Eagle in Chicago.

Pen & Quill will occupy the property’s main restaurant space, which operated for a little less than a year as a restaurant named The Chesapeake. The property will also house the Red Parrot Asian Bistro, which will open this summer in the presently unoccupied ground-floor space between Tapas Teatro and the Karzai restaurant.

The Chesapeake's upper floors are being converted by Station North Development Partners LLC into apartments, offices and meeting spaces.