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Atlas Restaurant Group plans to add roof deck to Cross Street Market

The Atlas Restaurant Group plans to add a roof deck to Cross Street Market. Photo courtesy of BCT Architects.
The Atlas Restaurant Group plans to add a roof deck to Cross Street Market. Photo courtesy of BCT Architects.(Handout)

The Atlas Restaurant Group unveiled more details about its plans for the city’s Cross Street Market, which include a roof deck and seafood stall.

No opening date was set for the two concepts, to be called the Atlas Fish Market and Watershed restaurant. They will be located in a section of the market previously occupied by Nick’s Inner Harbor Seafood, which closed amid a lease dispute with operator Caves Valley Partners.

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Caves Valley Partners had previously scrapped plans to add a roof deck to the structure. Arsh Mirmiran, a partner in the Towson-based company, said in an email: “A rooftop amenity was always possible from an engineering and construction standpoint, but it didn’t make economic sense. Atlas’ willingness to continue to invest major capital in its projects across the City overcame the cost issue.”

The new restaurant is described as a “classic Maryland seafood restaurant” which will anchor the renovated market. It will include a rooftop deck with picnic tables, large screen TVs, billiards and cornhole game setup. Mirmiran expressed confidence that the project would draw more people to Cross Street, helping to attract “a broader group of people.”

Atlas was scheduled to present plans to city officials on Thursday morning at the Baltimore City Department of Planning’s Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel. A spokeswoman for the department did not respond to a request for comment.

“Through our connections with local, national and international purveyors, we look forward to bringing in some of the freshest seafood offerings in the city, as well as some unique and rare selections,” Atlas Restaurant Group founder and president Alexander Smith said in a statement posted to Facebook on Thursday.

Smith’s restaurant group, behind such establishments as Loch Bar, Ouzo Bay and The Bygone, also owns Choptank, a seafood restaurant that opened last fall in the south shed of Fells Point’s Broadway Market.

BCT Architects is the base building architect and interior designer on both projects.

Baltimore Sun reporter Meredith Cohn contributed to this article.

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