Sarah Acconcia, the former executive chef at 13.5% Wine Bar, will be the chef at Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites, a French restaurant opening this spring in the former Dogwood space on 36th Street.
Inspired by the success of new French restaurants in major food markets like New York and San Francisco, Le Garage will serve "working-class" versions of French classics and reinvented peasant dishes, according to a press announcement for the new restaurant.
"We wanted to create a place with approachable, French food that our friends would crave and could afford," Acconcia said. "If you're going to serve working-class food, you should do it in a neighborhood that has its roots in the working class. We couldn't think of a better place than Hampden."
Charles Patterson of SMG Architects has been engaged to remake the old Dogwood space, which occupies the below-ground level at 911 W. 36th St, into a comfortable neighborhood destination.
"What we're trying to do with the space is to make it warm, approachable and cozy," Acconcia told The Baltimore Sun.
Current plans call for a 60-seat dining area and an 18-seat bar. The street-level storefront space where Dogwood operated a carry-out operation will be converted into a frites shop, which will serve Belgian-style fries with Acconcia's homemade dipping sauces, in flavors such as sweet-pea and ginger, smoked paprika aioli, rosemary garlic and Old Bay.
Acconcia has left her sous chef position at Maggie's Farm to help open the new restaurant, which she will be running with Brendan Kirlin, who is also a part-owner of Le Garage.
Wine Market Bistro owner Christopher Spann is a management consultant for the project but not an operator or owner, according to Acconcia.