Granville Moore's co-owner and chef Teddy Folkman is heading east. Folkman announced today that he will open BAROAK Cookhouse & Taproom in the Loews Annapolis Hotel early next year. The restaurant will expand upon the Granville Moore's menu, including its popular moules frites.
"This concept has been in my head for about five years now," Folkman said. "I’ve gone all over the place -- Charleston, Nashville -- trying to find the right location."
As it turns out, it was in his own backyard. The name is a play on "baroque," the style of urban plan originally adopted by Annapolis. He chose "cookhouse" because it's another word for a mess hall, a reference to the nearby Naval Academy. Folkman envisions a place where neighbors and tourists will gather over pots of mussels, house-made pastrami and flatbreads.
"I’ve been working on our dough recipes, which is interesting for someone that hates baking," he said. "I’m looking forward to challenging myself on this."
At the bar, he plans to offer classic cocktails and one of the largest beer selections in Annapolis, but a little lighter on the Belgian influence than his fans are used to. Local and international craft beers will round out the menu. There will be plenty of bar seating, as well as a chef's table in the open kitchen. StreetSense is designing the space -- a makeover for the former West restaurant -- in exposed brick, dark wood, and vintage furniture. The seating will be designed to encourage guests to meet each other.
"The art of conversation is so much fun, and we’re going to encourage that," Folkman said.
As for Granville Moore's, Folkman has already turned over much of the operations to chef de cuisine Jeremy Kermisch. Folkman will continue to live near H Street NE, and will commute 30 miles to Annapolis each day.
"D.C.’s such an awesome scene, but I think it’s time for me to spread my wings a little bit and try a different market," Folkman said.
BAROAK Cookhouse & Taproom, opening February 2015 at 126 West Street, Annapolis.