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New restaurant focused on foraging coming to former Aromes space in Hampden

Chris Amendola is opening Foraged — a Hyper-Seasonal Eatery in the former Aromes space in Hampden.
Chris Amendola is opening Foraged — a Hyper-Seasonal Eatery in the former Aromes space in Hampden. (Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore chef Chris Amendola is bringing his love for foraging into a restaurant in Hampden.

Amendola plans to open Foraged — a Hyper-Seasonal Eatery in the former home of Aromes, at 3520 Chestnut Ave. The restaurant is expected to open in mid-December.

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Foraged marks Amendola’s first solo restaurant. He has previously served as a chef in Baltimore eateries such as Fleet Street Kitchen and Waterfront Kitchen.

Aromes, the small French restaurant in Hampden, will close its doors this weekend as the owner turns his focus to a new restaurant.

An avid forager, Amendola searches for wild ingredients in the woods of Maryland and Pennsylvania, and he will continue hunting for local plants to incorporate in dishes when he’s not in the kitchen. Amendola plans to install a hydroponic garden on one wall of the small restaurant.

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The menu at Foraged will center on small plates, shareable items and some larger entrees. Prices will range from about $8 to $28.

“I want the restaurant to be a convivial space where people are excited to share and taste new and different flavors,” Amendola said in a statement. “Personally, I would rather experience a restaurant from 5 different dishes than by eating one specific entree.”

The restaurant will be BYOB with no corkage fee until its liquor license is approved.

Aromes closed in November so owner Steve Monnier could devote his attention to his new restaurant downtown, Chez Hugo.

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