While I was out and about ...
On a recent visit to Chesapeake City I discovered that The Yacht Club, a small upscale dinner venue on Bohemia Avenue in the canal town's south side, has undergone some pretty big changes.
Cheri and Gary Klunk, owners for the past 10 years, said the economic downturn was taking its toll on their business and the original restaurant format wasn't working anymore.
"It was time for a change," Klunk said. So, it now has a new name and new concept.
The Klunks began transforming the restaurant into Southside's Bar & Grill in June and are almost done this week as they prepare for their first live music entertainment Friday evening with local acoustic guitar player Jim Bowen entertaining guests for about three hours.
If you haven't been to the restaurant since this change started, you are in for a surprise.
Not only is the name changed, interior walls have been removed to make room for large U-shaped bar and a couple of large televisions mounted above the bar. The former restaurant had a small bar with four seats, while this new bar has seating for 20.
The main goal of the owners is to create a casual atmosphere with a menu of affordable prices to help customers. They've removed dinners from the menu and are replacing them with sandwiches, some that are morphed versions of their favorite dinners like Chicken Chesapeake.
Cheri says they will offer daily specials, such as a $2 crab cake sandwich on Tuesdays, $5 burgers on Wednesdays and ladies' drink specials on Thursdays. Small groups or solo unplugged musicians will perform live on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant will offer IPAs and microbrews on draft.
So, stop in and check out the changes.
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The folks at Historic Elk Landing have stepped up the variety of events they are hosting this summer, which seems to be attracting visitors. One such event is set for Saturday.
History and ghosts are slated to be matched up for an event being dubbed the Mid-Atlantic Historical & Paranormal Fair which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officials are saying no ghost hunts will be conducted at the event but visitors will be able to see ghost hunting equipment and talk to the ghost hunters about their techniques.
History buffs can tour the historic property at the end of Landing Lane, including the Stone House and the Hollingsworth House. Cecil Militia are expected to do a re-enactment and food and craft vendors will be displaying and selling goods.
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Cecil College Foundation has come up with a new fundraising event to enlarge the amount of scholarships they can offer to students. It's called "The Little Black Dress - Big Bright Future."
The event sounds like a fun way to raise money for a good cause. It's set for Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the physical education building at Cecil College's North East Campus.
"This event is going to be everything that is wonderful about being a woman," said Cheryl Goldstein, event chairwoman. Indeed, the evening is all about girl stuff, such as a fashion show, a purse auction, jewelry, accessories, and more.
While women are busy deciding which purse to bid on they will be enjoying fare from Steak and Main, LuMu chocolates and other desserts and choosing from a selection of wines and drinks.
Tickets are $50 each and $25 each for students. Almost forgot - they will be raffling off a Chanel purse at $25 a chance. So, mark your calendar and buy your ticket to help raise money for scholarships.
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