Caves Valley Partners & Atlas Restaurant Group Announce New Chinese Concept Opening in Baltimore’s Village of Cross Keys

JULY 11, 2023 – BALTIMORE – Caves Valley Partners and Atlas Restaurant Group, a leading hospitality company known for its innovative dining concepts, are thrilled to announce details on the next Atlas restaurant opening in Fall 2024. Located in Baltimore’s beloved Village of Cross Keys, this exciting addition to the city’s culinary scene will be a Chinese concept. The new establishment will cater to the vibrant community in the surrounding area, offering a moderately priced menu perfect for everyday dining. 

“We are incredibly excited to bring this new Chinese concept to the Village of Cross Keys, an area my brother Eric and I have fond memories of visiting while growing up,” said Alexander Smith, Founder and CEO of Atlas Restaurant Group. “Our team is committed to delivering an exceptional dining experience unlike anything else in the area, and we are confident that this restaurant will become a beloved destination for food enthusiasts and families alike.”

Atlas Restaurant Group is proud to have Chef Alisher Yallaev, their talented Director of Asian Cuisine, consulting on the food menu. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, Chef Yallaev will bring an authentic yet approachable culinary experience to guests, highlighting the diverse flavors and techniques of Chinese cuisine.

To ensure the highest level of culinary excellence, Atlas Restaurant Group is currently conducting a nationwide search for an exceptional executive chef who will join the team and contribute his or her unique talents to the restaurant’s offerings.

One of the standout features of the restaurant, which will be located in a newly constructed building adjacent to the existing Village Shops, will be its expansive indoor/outdoor rooftop space, providing a picturesque setting for guests. A full bar and nightly live music will create an ambiance on the rooftop oasis that will be the ideal spot to unwind and socialize.

Designed by Baltimore’s award-winning interior designer, Patrick Sutton, the restaurant will feature a stunning aesthetic that combines industrial elegance and modernity. With careful attention to detail, Sutton will create a space that complements the culinary journey, immersing guests in a visually captivating environment.

“This property will dig deeper into elements of Asian culture and design than the stereotypical Chinese-American restaurant interior,” said Patrick Sutton. “With an emphasis on handcrafted textural elements of wood, stone, and steel, the proposed design weaves wooden screens, hammered steel, and unique and dramatic industrial lighting along with garden elements, both in a private ground level courtyard and a second-floor terrace. The overall effect is meant to transport diners into a space that feels soulful and culturally rich, yet immediately comforting and approachable.”

The restaurant will accommodate up to 200 guests, ensuring ample seating for both lunch and dinner service. The team at Atlas Restaurant Group is dedicated to creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, where patrons can enjoy exceptional cuisine, attentive service, and a truly memorable dining experience.

“We are excited to add this fresh Asian concept from Atlas Restaurant Group to the talented roster of food and beverage tenants at Cross Keys,” said Arsh Mirmiran, the partner at Caves Valley Partners leading the redevelopment of the project.  “Along with the already thriving Easy Like Sunday, the Cordish Companies’ planned Cece’s Roland Park, and additional new tenants that will be announced in the coming months, Cross Keys is well on its way to becoming the preeminent neighborhood dining destination in North Baltimore. To have both a Patrick Sutton-designed restaurant and a Rebecca Jones-designed restaurant at the entrance to the project is going to be particularly special.” 

 About the Village of Cross Keys

Cross Keys was originally developed in 1965 by Jim Rouse, the visionary founder of The Rouse Company.  The property was acquired by Baltimore-based Caves Valley Partners in 2020 and is actively undergoing a comprehensive redevelopment, including the recently completed renovation of Village Square.  The fully completed development will include the addition of nearly 350 apartments, as well as new retail and office buildings.

About Atlas Restaurant Group

Atlas Restaurant Group is a Baltimore-based, national hospitality group led by Founder and President, Alex Smith and his brother, co-owner Eric Smith. Founded in 2012, the group is known for its unique and diverse portfolio of exceptional dining concepts that focus on the integrity of product and impeccable service to create an unparalleled entertainment experience that has redefined the traditional dining experience. With over 2,000 employees nationally, Atlas strives to not only offer a premiere dining experience, but also provide jobs that foster its employees to learn, grow, make an impact, and be proud of the brand they represent. Atlas Restaurant Group continues to elevate the dining experience in Maryland, Texas, Florida, and Washington D.C.