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A popular Southern comfort food chain specializing in biscuits and donuts is reaching northward to Baltimore County.

Rise Biscuits Donuts will take over an 1,800-square-foot space in a shopping center located at 1620 York Road in Lutherville-Timonium, the company announced today. Father-and-son team Fran and Chris Kirley will own and operate the franchise with business partner David Brindza, with a goal to open by November. The location will be mostly takeout with limited seating, according to a release.

Rise boasts a mouthwatering array of biscuits and sandwiches inspired by Southern tastes. Some examples: Southern chicken salad, a fried green tomato sandwich with pimento cheese, a buffalo chicken sandwich with bleu cheese sauce and shaved celery, and eight different types of breakfast biscuits, ranging from simply eggs to fried bologna. (Naturally, since there are biscuits, there’s also gravy.)

There are also the donuts. As a preview, the menu at the chain’s downtown Durham, N.C., location offers three tiers — Old School, New School and Our School — featuring everything from regular-old glazed and chocolate icing recipes to maple bacon, crème brulee-filled, oreo and tiramisu varieties, to name just a few.

Rise started in Durham in 2012 and has since won the title of “Best Biscuit in the Triangle” five times, an impressive feat given the well-regarded quality of the biscuits and fried goods served up in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. The eatery drew national attention through both rave reviews and an appearance on the Food Network’s “Donut Showdown” in 2014, and has since expanded to 14 locations spread across North Carolina, Texas and Georgia.

Rise can soon add Florida, Maryland and Virginia to that list, with new locations set to open in Richmond and Coral Springs, in addition to Baltimore County. The firm is bullish on its expansion, with 100 franchise locations now under contract, according to a release.

The Kirleys and Brindza seem to have high confidence in Rise’s Southern draw for Free State diners. They’re planning to open four other locations in Maryland within the next three years.

It’s food-related announcements like this that add fuel to that age-old, Mason-Dixon Line-ignoring debate: Is Maryland truly southern?

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...

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