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More Than a Café

Posted on Oct 03, 2018

Rachel Bennett, executive chef at the The Peabody
Rachel Bennett, executive chef at the The Peabody

Jonathan Ellen, M.D., outlined his vision for a restaurant in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building.

The hospital’s president and vice dean wanted a space that would bring people together in a collaborative atmosphere that promoted the exchange of ideas and a sense of community, which he felt when he visited the Oxford Exchange—Tampa’s highly popular combination restaurant-retail-bookstore-workplace that opened in 2012.

Allison Adams and her brother, Blake Casper, owners of the Oxford Exchange, understood the concept and created The Peabody, a charming library-themed restaurant/meeting space on the hospital campus. Now the restaurant’s director, Adams drew on history for inspiration. More specifically, she studied The George Peabody Library, which opened in Baltimore in 1878 and was acquired by The Johns Hopkins University in 1982. The restaurant tells the story of the rich history of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Adams built on her experience creating the Oxford Exchange. She allowed architectural cues from The George Peabody Library to inform the design of the new space for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

Something for Everyone

The Peabody features a welcoming, casual environment with small reading and dining nooks and tables for larger meetings and gatherings. More than 70 people can be accommodated inside the restaurant, with an additional 80 seats available outside. Walls of books, portraits and artwork depicting Baltimore landmarks are housed within arches that recall the striking aesthetic of The George Peabody Library’s stacks.

The Peabody is open to the public and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options for those who wish to dine in or take out. A variety of sandwiches and customizable salads are available along with robust entrées and, of course, plenty of coffee and tea. Grab-and-go meals can be preordered.

The Peabody bustles with activity, bringing together people from different departments on campus and from the community. It is open seven days a week to visitors, showcasing how the important work of the hospital flows from the deep legacy of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Visit The Peabody on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. or weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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