The son of a longtime Harford County seafood merchant and carryout owner is hoping to launch his own, dinner-only restaurant on Bel Air's Main Street this summer.
David Anderson, 25, plans to turn the former site of the Little NY Deli, at 111 South Main, into the eponymous eatery One Eleven Main.
"In the intimate 64-seat space, we will feature a small menu focused on elevating traditional and contemporary American dishes," the restaurant's website reads.
Anderson grew up with Richard Anderson, owner of Richard's Fish & Crabs on Route 22 and majority-owner of Seafood Stop in Fallston. David Anderson, who would be general manager of One Eleven Main, said his father would be its primary owner.
The 2007 C. Milton Wright High graduate, who now lives in Baltimore, said he wants to offer downtown Bel Air a restaurant that is serious about its food, instead of being primarily a bar.
"What we are trying to steer away from is, the norm on Main Street," Anderson explained.
The restaurant would feature "contemporary American cuisine," ideally mixed with some food produced on local farms, he said. Anderson compared the concept for One Eleven Main to a restaurant like Salt, on Baltimore's Pratt Street.
"We want it to be a seasonally changing menu," he said, but noted he does not want that to be a "gimmick."
"We really want to steer clear of the 'farm-to-table' label," he said. "We want to work with local farms and local vendors as much as possible because that's how you should be doing it anyway."
Growing up in Forest Hill, he said, "we never had a place to go to dinner that would be interesting. It would be Italian or a chain, for the most part."
While the restaurant would be upscale, Anderson said he also hopes to keep it affordable.
"We want it to be in a [price] range for people to enjoy," he said.
Once completed, the building's facade should look "completely different," Anderson said, although he did not have a rendering of it yet.
He said Monday he is still working through the permit process with the Town of Bel Air, which required him to get a change-of-use permit so he could apply for a liquor license.
Anderson said he hopes to apply for the license to serve some type of alcohol soon.