Food & Drink

Baltimore’s Atlas Restaurant Group is expanding to Annapolis with second Choptank location

Baltimore-based Atlas Restaurant Group is planning to open a second location of their Choptank restaurant in Annapolis.

According to a release, the Maryland-themed crab house will be located just off “Ego Alley” at 110 Compromise St., formerly Fawcett Boat Supplies.


The restaurant group is leasing the waterfront portion of the building from owners Mike Keenan and John Bruno, said Atlas spokesman Joe Sweeney. The street side of the building will be a boat dealership, he said.

Earlier this year, the ownership behind Phillips Seafood applied for a liquor license at the same location. But a spokeswoman for the restaurant group said Wednesday Phillips has no plan to open a restaurant there.


In a statement, Atlas founder and CEO Alex Smith called it “the best waterfront location in the entire state of Maryland.” It will include a 175-seat, 7,500-square-foot indoor dining area plus a 200-seat, 8,500-square-foot dining area outside overlooking the water.

The restaurant will open in spring 2022, according to Sweeney.

Smith said in a statement he “fell in love” with downtown Annapolis after playing lacrosse for the Chesapeake Bayhawks and expressed hope that the restaurant would be “the first of many” in the city.

The Choptank first opened in Fells Point in 2019, in the former south shed of Broadway Market. Its dress code, later revised, sparked controversy and accusations of racial discrimination.

Patrick Sutton will design the new space, which is set to include fire pits and a covered, rooftop bar. Sutton also designed the original Choptank in Fells Point and Atlas properties Azumi, Loch Bar, Tagliata, The Elk Room, Maximón and Monarque.

With the new location, Atlas will have 21 restaurants across the U.S.