A new bistro will soon open in the former home of Bad Decisions in Upper Fells Point.
Baltimore Built Bistro — “B3” for short — is on track to open in late May at 1928 Fleet St., where owner Anthony Lanasa will serve an array of shareable appetizers, salads, sandwiches and other American dishes.
Lanasa has worked in several Baltimore-area kitchens, including his current post at Lib’s Grill, as well as Ryleigh’s Oyster’s Federal Hill and Hunt Valley locations.
He said he’s been hoping to open his own restaurant for the last three years.
“In this industry you jump at the opportunity, as long as you’re ready,” he said. “It came out perfectly. It worked very well timing-wise.”
B3 will serve a selection of appetizers, sandwiches and salads, with rotating entrees as specials. The menu will change seasonally.
“I was always a fan of sharing plates and small intimate dining experiences,” Lanasa said.
He expects lunches to run about $20 per person, with dinners closer to $35 per head — including drinks.
Lanasa remodeled the interior of the Bad Decisions space, which will seat about 70 patrons.
Bad Decisions was housed at the corner of Fleet and Washington streets for eight years before relocating to 701 S. Bond St. in August 2016, where it ultimately closed six months later.
Lanasa will head the kitchen, and he’s brought on several chefs to serve in the back of the house with him.
“We’re more of a collective kitchen. I believe strongly that there should be no egos in the kitchen,” Lanasa said. “I brought on chefs only — nothing against line cooks, but we really want to make it so that everyone’s able to handle the quality of food. If they were line cooks before, everyone that’s coming on will be seen as a chef.”
Prior to the opening, B3 will partner with local polling startup Arbit, an app that will host a poll allowing future B3 customers to vote on what they would like to see on the bistro’s opening menu. Potential dishes on the menu include charcuterie, roasted squash, sliders, poached pear salad and a shaved ribeye sandwich.
Lanasa hopes to host a soft opening for B3 during the third week of May, and he aims to have the restaurant fully open by Memorial Day.
The bistro will tentatively be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Bethesda-based Duck Duck Goose was previously slated to take over the space. Now that restaurant is preparing to open at 814 S. Broadway, where 8 Ball Bar & Grill will close after service Monday.
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