A Belgian brasserie has been added to the Chesapeake project, now under construction in the Baltimore's Charles North neighborhood. De Kleine Duivel will feature Belgian beers, boutique wines and spirits, and a select menu of traditional Flemish-French dishes in an Art Nouveau setting.
The news, which broke on Alexander V. Mitchell's Beer in Baltimore blog, was confirmed by the property's co-owner, Ernst Valery.
The brasserie will be operated by Baltimore native Paul Kopchinski, who had tried to open a version of De Kleine Duivel in Hampden back in 2010.
The building that once housed the historic Chesapeake restaurant was purchased in October 2010, along with adjoining properties, from the city by Michael Shecter and Ernst Valery of Station North Development Partners LLC for $2.5 million. Their original plans for the Chesapeake project included restaurateur Qayum Karzai (The Helmand, Tapas Teatro), but Karzai pulled out in the spring of 2011.
After Karzai's withdrawal, the developers announced a new project team comprising Mauro Daigle and Annie Baum-Stein, the husband-and-wife team behind Philadelphia's Milk & Honey Market, and Dana and Ernst Valery who teamed with Daigle to open a Milk & Honey Market in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood.
The developers also indicated they would continue to seek out a another tenant to occupy the project's ground floor.