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.
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.