Cyrus Keefer departs Fork & Wrench

  • Cyrus Keefer, shown in an August 2014 photograph, has left his position at Fork & Wrench to collaborate on a new concept with his former 1542 Gastropub bosses.
Cyrus Keefer, shown in an August 2014 photograph, has left his… (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore…)
September 22, 2014|Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Cyrus Keefer has left Fork & Wrench. The chef's last day at the Canton restaurant was Sunday.

Keefer moved from Birroteca to Fork & Wrench last May, when he took over the kitchen from the restaurant's original chef, Sajin Renae.  

Keefer said he will be re-teaming his former employers, Andrew Dunlap and Sean White, for whom he worked at 1542 Gastropub, their ambitious but short-lived successor to The Reserve in South Baltimore. "It broke our hearts to walk away from [1542 Gastropub]," Keefer said. "But that location just doesn't work."

Keefer said he is collaborating with Dunlap and White on a new casual dining concept.

"We're getting out of fine-dining," Keefer said. "We're developing something that's very affordable, a place for kids, families and foodies. This will be a place where you can eat all of the time."  

Keefer said the new concept, tentatively called "Allbird," will be "highly Asian-influenced."   

The team is close to committing to a first location for the Allbird concept, Keefer said. In the meantime, he'll be revamping the menu at Banditos, White and Dunlap's casual Federal Hill taqueria.

"We'll be doing things a chef would do if he owned a taqueria," Keefer said.

No word yet from Fork & Wrench on plans for replacing Keefer.

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