The Local Fry is opening a second location

The Local Fry, a Federal Hill fry shop, is opening a second location in Hampden.

Restaurant owner Kevin Irish said he expects the new eatery to open at the Rotunda in late 2017 or early 2018.

The second restaurant will offer a menu similar to the Federal Hill location at 21 E. Cross St., specializing in fries with toppings such as chicken, bacon and ranch dressing; buffalo chicken and blue cheese; and kimchi, sriracha mayonnaise, cheese and scallions. The shop also serves banh mi sandwiches, wings and rice bowls.

Irish said many of his customers in Federal Hill hail from North Baltimore, and he wanted to open a new restaurant closer to them. He hopes the new spot will draw from areas like Towson, too.

“We really wanted to be in that like Hampden/Charles Village area,” Irish said. “It’s right around the corner basically.”

The mixed-use Rotunda development on 40th Street is anchored by Mom’s Organic Market.

The new Local Fry will be smaller than the original Federal Hill eatery — about 1,200 square feet compared to about 2,000 square feet. Irish expects the Rotunda restaurant to seat 15 to 20 guests and do a lot of carry-out business.

The first Local Fry operates as a BYOB, and Irish said the Rotunda location will do the same if he can’t secure a liquor license.

Irish and his wife, Elizabeth, opened the Local Fry in early 2015, and he said they don’t want to expand too quickly.

“We kind of want to keep it where we’re still controlling the quality of what goes out,” he said.

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