The restaurateurs who launched State Fare and El Guapo are close to opening another Catonsville establishment — a steakhouse named The Beaumont.
The Beaumont will seat 52 guests while offering steaks, specialty cocktails, wine and an “intimate” dining experience, said Mike Ferger, the operations manager of State Fare and all of its collective businesses.
The new restaurant could open as early as mid-August, replacing Black Kettle at 801 Frederick Road, he said.
“The middle of August is our goal but like anything else, we just have to make sure we don’t come across any hiccups,” Ferger said.
The Black Kettle, which opened in 2015 featuring New American fare, closed in March 2020. Evan Brown and Keith Holsey had plans to lease the space and open a new restaurant down the street from State Fare, which they co-own.
“The vision was to add another layer to the Frederick Road restaurant community that we didn’t feel was in the town of Catonsville,” Ferger said.
The menu will focus mainly on steaks but offer a variety of items such as cheese and meat spreads, appetizers, bread services and desserts.
“By adding a steakhouse, this is something that will only enhance and offer the community a new dining experience that currently isn’t available,” Ferger said.
The steaks will be locally sourced from J.W. Treuth & Sons, a meat processing company down the road on Oella Avenue, he said.
According to Ferger, opening a new restaurant during COVID-19 wasn’t an issue for Brown and Holsey because they launched the Mexican restaurant El Guapo last year at the pandemic’s height.
“They figured out how to open [El Guapo] deeper in the pandemic and they pulled that off successfully,” he said. “So I don’t think them tackling another one was at the forefront of their minds as something to worry about.”
Ferger anticipates The Beaumont to open for dinner only at first from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
“We will just do dinner as we iron out services and perfect our craft, then eventually we will open up for lunch down the road,” he said.