Chef Cyrus Keefer quietly opened his pride and joy this week—Brasserie 10 South in the former Xanadu spot at 10 S. Calvert St. He’s taken over the bottom floor. (A club called Lux, separate from the restaurant, will be on the second level.)
Look for the brasserie’s menu to have classic French and new American dishes like crêpes, fennel-crusted tuna, and a terrine du jour. Offerings will change weekly based on seasonal, local products. "It’s the kind of food I wanted to do," says Cyrus.
The likable chef, who trained at Philadelphia’s Walnut Hill College Restaurant School, brings some serious cooking chops to the area. He worked at the award-winning Espuma and Nage in Rehoboth Beach, Del., before coming to Baltimore to be closer to family. He first landed at Sauté in Canton when it opened early last year but soon left to pursue other culinary endeavors.
He wants the new restaurant to have a friendly vibe, "not be uptight," he says. It’s open for lunch Tuesday-Friday and for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. For information, call 410-528-8994. A website should be up and running soon. And there's free valet parking!
Before I talked to Cyrus on the phone, he wrote me an e-mail saying, "I hope to put myself on the Baltimore map with this one." Good luck, Cyrus.