A first look at Ampersea, Waterfront Kitchen's replacement in Fells Point

In just three weeks, Waterfront Kitchen shed its skin and transformed into the nautical new Ampersea.

Tinged with blues and greens that blend into the harbor water beyond its windows, the revamped Fells Point restaurant opens to the public at 5 p.m. Friday.

Ampersea, owned by Chuck Nabit, is among a recent spate of restaurants that have rebranded.

The restaurant’s kitchen is headed by chef Nelson Morton, previously of Bookmakers Cocktail Club, who has infused the menu with modern takes on classic Maryland fare. His offerings will include chicken and dumplings, suckling pig, oxtail soup, Eastern Shore salad and Woodmont venison meatballs. Most entrees are under $30.

Morton said he plans to change the menu seasonally.

Ampersea will offer lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, dinner nightly and brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.The restaurant will also offer happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with specials including $6 appetizers, $5 cocktails, $6 wines and $3 domestic beers.

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