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Pabu closing at Four Seasons, will re-open under new management with new concept

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The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore will overhaul two of its restaurants this summer.

The hotel will replace Pabu, its Japanese restaurant, and Lamill, its coffee shop, with new restaurants run by the Alex Smith and George Aligeorgas, principals in the Atlas Restaurant Group, which operates the Harbor East restaurant Ouzo Bay.

Smith is the grandson of developer John S. Paterakis, who owns the hotel through Harbor East Development Group, a subsidiary of H&S Properties Development Corp.  

Pabu and Lamill were developed for The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore by Michael Mina, whose San Francisco-based Mina Group operates 19 restaurant properties nationwide, including a handful in Las Vegas and Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons Georgetown.

Wit & Wisdom, the hotel's anchor restaurant, will continue to be operated by the Mina Group, according to the Four Seasons.

Pabu and Lamill will cease operations at the end of business on June 14. Pabu’s head chef, Jonah Kim, left his position last month.

Both spaces will be re-branded and independently operated by the Atlas Group. The Lamill space will reopen as a coffee shop on June 16. The Pabu space will reopen this summer, with an new concept, after renovations.

The Mina Group declined to comment on the reason for the closing other than to release a statement from Michael Mina that said, "Ownership desired to move in a different direction." 

"The culinary scene is a dynamic one and we need to evolve with it in order to best serve our guests," Harbor East Development Group said in a statement. "We look forward to the new concepts opening and are confident that they will be embraced."

Pabu, which was inspired by the traditional Japanese small-plate establishment known as an Izakaya, opened in May 2012. It was billed as collaboration between Mina and Ken Tominaga, owner and chef of Hana Japanese Restaurant in Sonoma County, Calif. Lamill, the hotel’s stylish coffee shop, was a collaboration between the Mina Group and a Los Angeles-area coffee roaster and retailer.

Operated by the Toronto-based Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the Harbor East property opened in November 2011.

The project was originally to include 150 condominiums, but the residences were scrapped in the development stage, amid a slump in the nation's housing market.

In April, Harbor East Development Group won approval from the city's design review panel approved to add 63 condominiums to the building.

 

 

 

 

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