Known for Crabs, Bohs, Ravens, and O’s, Baltimore has a lot going for it. Now, Charm City is becoming a contender as a health and wellness destination. With eateries like Plantbar and Pure Raw Juice, and studios like Rev Cycle, CorePower, and the Under Armour Performance Centers powered by FX Fitness, it’s no secret that some of the biggest names in the industry are vying to lay some bedrock. LA-based celebrity chef Matthew Kenney recognized this, and now he’s bringing his plant-based bites to Baltimore.
Chef Kenney is capitalizing on the wellness game by bringing two of his veggie-forward Matthew Kenney Cuisine concepts—Plant Food + Wine and Double Zero—to the Inner Harbor, and we’re already hungry for a taste. Both restaurants are currently established in LA and NYC, with plans to open to a few additional locations on the East Coast later this year.
So, why Baltimore? The restaurants will be moving into neighboring units in the 44-story state-of-the-art structure at 414 Light St., which houses luxury apartments and retail groups. It was this structure and the developer’s pro-sustainability mindset, plus veganism’s rise in popularity, that drew chef Kenney to the Baltimore market. But you don’t have to be a veg-head to enjoy the dishes at these plant-based places.
Plant Food + Wine will mimic its West Coast and NY-based sister shops by offering an elevated full-service dining experience with a seasonally crafted menu. Expect traditional takes on pasta dishes like the Raw Heirloom Tomato and Zucchini Lasagna, plus vegan cheese tastings and pours of organic vino. We know chef Kenney will be adding his already famous meals to the Maryland menu, but don’t be surprised to see some Baltimore-inspired plates. If you're living a vegetable-based lifestyle and can’t enjoy the beloved crab cake, chef Kenney might have a plant-based alternative to satisfy your needs.
Double Zero will boast a more casual environment for diners looking for a fast, health-conscious pizza option. That doesn’t mean you can’t pull up a seat and dig into your slice on the spot: there will be a dining area so you can really savor your ’za. Not really in the mood for one of their savory pies? There will be plenty of “not pizza” options for you to choose from, including hearty salads. No matter what you order, don’t hesitate to end your meal on a sweet note with a guilt-free dessert.
Together, the restaurants will take over a combined 4,500-square-feet of real estate on the ground floor of the high-end building, and we’re already mapping out a run through the harbor to see it in advance of its summer opening. Gear up to dine al fresco when the sun is out: the two eateries will offer outdoor seating, making all of our warm-weather dining dreams come true.
In the meantime, keep an eye on the Plant Food + Wine and Double Zero Instagrams for more opening day updates. After scrolling through the feeds, we’re pretty confident that chef Kenney’s veggie-centric cuisines will have no problem nestling into Smalltimore’s growing food scene.