After two years of serving up well-sauced, too-big-for-the-bun fried chicken sandwiches from a stall inside Remington food hall R. House, BRD is joining the party down in Federal Hill.
The vowel-renouncing chicken joint (it’s an acronym: “baked, roasted and deep-fried”) plans to open a second location on the ground floor of the new five-story, 29-unit Wheelhouse apartment complex, situated on S. Charles Street across from the newly renovated Cross Street Market.
The new space should be swanky, with room for 40 customers and a design drawn up by PI.KL Studio. It’ll offer many of the same flavors and menu items—including generously portioned “sandos,” wings, fries and slaws—as the R. House location, as well as new offerings like tenders, milkshakes, more sauces and dips, and sodas.
And it’ll have business hours catering to the party-happy crowd of Federal Hill, staying open seven days a week and late into the night, per a release.
Founder Alex Janian said it will be open in late 2019. A former investment banker and hedge fund manager, Janian also owns Amano Taco, another popular stall at R. House.
Janian said in an email late Thursday afternoon that BRD is adding tenders to its Federal Hill menu based on customer feedback: “We’ve certainly had customers ask for chicken tenders and we’ve contemplated a million different ways to serve them at R.House, but the truth is we don’t have enough space. With a new kitchen that’s double the size, the first menu add that came to mind was chicken tenders.”
Milkshakes, meanwhile, “were a bit more of an organic idea. We honestly just love milkshakes and think they go perfectly with fried chicken sandwiches.”
“We have some really delicious, creative recipes and can’t wait to share them with Baltimore,” he added.
BRD will join the fray as new life returns to Cross Street–home to a popular strip of bars, restaurants and The 8×10–with the opening of phase one of Cross Street Market this spring.
While some longtime tenants are noticeably absent from the reopening market’s lineup, a few local favorites, including Steve’s Lunch, butcher Fenwick’s Choice Meats and The Sweet Shoppe, are making a comeback. New options will include Annoula’s Chicken, Burger Bar, Cans Filling Station, Ceremony Coffee, Sobeachy, Ono Poke, Taco Love Grill, Phubs and Rice Crook. Read up on those here.
This story has been updated.