A 250-seat American bistro named Kettle Hill will open in the old Babalu space on the corner of Water Street and Market Place. Kettle Hill is partnership between area newcomer Keystone Hospitality and former Baltimore Oriole Rick Dempsey.
The principal partners of Keystone Hospitality, formerly based New York City, are Desmond Reilly and Kristopher Karr. According to the press release from the property's landlord, Reilly and Karr were "inspired by local legend Rick Dempsey, who had been looking for some time to launch a restaurant project."
Information sent by the property's landlord says that Kettle Hill will offer moderately-priced, farm-fresh comfort foods using seasonal ingredients and simple but bold preparations. For the project, Keystone has hired designer Brian Swanson, whose notable client list includes Neiman Marcus, Rolex and Steve Wynn.
Kettle Hill is moving toward an April opening date.