The owner and executive chef of the Food Market is bringing a spinoff of the popular Hampden restaurant to Baltimore County.
Chad Gauss is opening La Food Marketa at Quarry Lake at Greenspring, a mixed-use development in Pikesville. The restaurant will offer an American spin on Central and South American cuisine.
Gauss had been searching for another space to launch a Food Market spinoff since the day his Hampden restaurant opened, he said, and "the stars aligned" at Quarry Lake.
"With the Food Market's brand we created — the style of service, the atmosphere and our style of cuisine — it just really instantly gave me a lot of ideas to use that I found to do concepts that are missing in Baltimore," Gauss said.
He said he didn't want to duplicate the Food Market because Baltimore is a small town, and the restaurant is easily accessible to county diners. But he did want to expand the Food Market's concept of quality food in a comfortable environment.
"I prefer the Food Market to be a place to eat rather than to be a place to dine, where you can just chill out and relax and not worry so much about everything," he said.
He saw that missing at Quarry Lake, which he said is surrounded by neighborhoods with customers who enjoy dining out.
La Food Marketa will seat 105 inside, in addition to outdoor tables. It's expected to open in the early fall.
When La Food Marketa debuts, it will join Quarry Lake restaurants including Jasmine Asian Bistro, Pizza Blitz and the forthcoming Citron, a restaurant by caterer Charles Levine that is also on track to open this summer.