No Way Rosé goes from gourmet restaurant to casual café

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No Way Rosé from Federal Hill. Photo courtesy of No Way Rosé.

Federal Hill’s No Way Rosé is taking a brief break from business as it prepares to transition from a full fine-dining restaurant to a casual coffee lounge.

When executive chef and owner Ashish Alfred opened the French cuisine restaurant 7 months ago, he wanted to bring a different dining experience to the Cross Street bar scene. He soon realized that young customers in South Baltimore weren’t ordering bottles of wine or snails; instead they were looking for bar food and a more relaxed atmosphere.

“Instead of trying to force a square peg into a round hole, we thought we had a big audience and an amazing space, let’s change our offerings up a bit,” said Alfred, who also owns the Duck Duck Goose restaurant in Falls Point.

No Way Rosé is “the most Instagrammable restaurant in Baltimore,” Alfred said. The restaurant features murals, bright neon signs, roses, and floral accents.

The decor won’t change, but the venue will take on a “less formal style”, Alfred said.

Customers can expect servers to lose ties, there will be fewer full entrees and more small plates, the bar will offer specials four nights a week, and the location will offer industry nights and live entertainment every day.

No Way Rosé from Federal Hill. Photo courtesy of No Way Rosé.

“We are here to stay,” Alfred said. “We believe in Baltimore and we believe in Federal Hill.”

The restaurant will host a grand reopening party on Friday, November 4, with a full bar open on both floors, live music earlier in the day, DJs later in the night, and more.

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