Friday, June 26, 2015

Charles Levine to open first restaurant called Citron in Summer 2016

Charles Levine
Charles Levine, owner and president of Charles Levine Caterers, announced today plans for Citron, a full-service restaurant coming in 2016 to Quarry Lake at Greenspring in Baltimore County.   

“Citron is a natural extension of my experience in the food industry and a longtime dream of mine,” said Levine. “In working with clients for the past 30 years, nearly all have encouraged me to open a restaurant, but it was not until I found the perfect location – the Quarry – did the vision really start to take shape.”  

Levine will break ground for Citron next month with plans to open in the summer of 2016. Located on the north side of Quarry Lake, the 10,500-sq-ft. restaurant will feature a dining room and bar – that can seat a total of 230 guests – as well as private event spaces. Citron will also feature outside patio and waterfront deck seating.

“Our travels to many of the world’s best and most interesting restaurants have helped inspire our vision for Citron,” said Levine. “The menu, the physical layout, color palate and design elements are shaped by what we’ve seen and experienced over the past 30 years.”

Quarry Lake at Greenspring was developed by Obrecht Properties and Beazer Homes following a master plan of mixed-use office, retail and residential space within a gated community.  

“We have been very selective in developing the retail component of Quarry Lake, and have looked long and hard for the perfect restaurant operator for this unique location,” said Thomas Obrecht, Chairman of Obrecht Properties. “We entertained numerous opportunities over the years, but it wasn’t until we connected with Charles were we sure that this was the perfect fit.”

James Colimore of Colimore Architects Incorporated, the designer of three of the park’s office buildings, will design Citron’s exterior to complement the existing architecture of Quarry Lake at Greenspring. Colimore will also serve as architect of record for the interior of the restaurant.

Jenkins Baer Associates will be the restaurant’s interior designer of record. The interior design concept for Citron will pay homage to the restaurant’s namesake with a clean and modern, yet warm and comfortable design. The restaurant will evoke a mid-century modern feeling with whites, walnut woods, and grey tones featured throughout.  

Leading the Citron kitchen as executive chef will be Dan Benedix. Together, he and Levine are developing a menu that will feature contemporary American cuisine with a mix of fresh fish, grilled meats, composed salads and handmade desserts. The bar will serve handcrafted cocktails, craft brews, fine wines and an extensive selection of top-shelf spirits.

Benedix earned an associate’s degree from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. He has held various sous and executive chef positions at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York and Chicago where he trained under two highly recognized chefs, Mark Baker and Robert Sulatycky. Most recently, Benedix served as the executive chef at Greenspring Valley Hunt Club. 

“Dan and I are in total sync with our vision for Citron, and we look forward to sharing our concept with the Baltimore community,” said Levine. 

Levine is owner and president of Charles Levine Caterers, a premium catering company that offers full-service catering and event planning to corporate, institutional and private clients in the mid-Atlantic region. Levine leads a stunning 30-year career in the food service industry having catered for five U.S. presidents, the National Football League and The Rolling Stones among others. 

Citron will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The restaurant will also provide valet parking. For more information about Citron,  visit www.citronbaltimore.com.

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