A Canadian poutine chain is setting down roots on the East Coast and looking to Baltimore as part of its expansion.
Smoke's Poutinerie, founded in 2008 in Toronto, is growing its presence in the U.S. and targeting the Mid-Atlantic for growth. Franchisee Raj Rana has the rights to develop locations in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and he said he's hoping to establish a flagship location in the region near Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus.
Born and raised in Canada, Rana said he was excited about the prospect of bringing poutine — fries covered in gravy and cheese curds — to the area.
"I grew up on poutine as,...