The back, or upper dining room, will remain its stylish, comfortably formal self. But beginning March 1, the restaurant's front dining area will become The Tavern Room, a more casual space (think, no white tablecloths) with its own more-casual menu.
Dave Seel, the director of marketing for the Baltimore-based Bagby Restaurant Group, whose other restaurants include Ten Ten American Bistro, Bagby Pizza and Cunningham's, said that the addition of a casual concept at Fleet Street Kitchen, which opened in the fall of 2012, was not a reaction to increased competition in Harbor East.
"This is an idea that we've had since we opened, to diversify our offerings and create two unique options under one roof," Seel said.
The menu in The Tavern Room will divide up into menu sections with names like Tastes, Small Plates, Large Plates and Desserts.
The core Fleet Street Kitchen menu will be available both in The Tavern Room and the Dining Room, as the upper dining room will now be called.
The restaurant has started taking reservations for The Tavern Room, whose official March 1 debut coincides with a new weekday happy hour.