An old friend is back in the restaurant business, and that's good news for eaters.
Garry Anderson has opened Garry's Grill in the former Family Circle Restaurant in the Olde Severna Park Village ShoppingCenter on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
It's enough to get your salivary glands working double time.
Remember back in 1980 when a little dining place in Cape St. Clair began serving such wonderful food? They called it Capers.
Anderson, the sales and marketing man-turned restaurateur, and his then-wife transformed that tiny, strip shopping center business into one of the highest-rated dining spots in the county. When the lines snaked out thefront door and down the street, Capers moved to a larger location onU.S. 50.
Before Anderson left the business in 1987, Capers had moved into the top 10 percent grossing restaurants in the country.
Anderson credits his former sales job with providing the groundwork for his restaurant business. The couple would often entertain as many as 100 people, cooking and serving all the food themselves. After that, a restaurant was piece of cake.
He also says that when he was a young child, he loved to accompany his mother to the grocery store, carefully watching how she purchased food for the high-quality meals she served.
Now remarried, Anderson, who describes himself as an entrepreneur by spirit, wanted to try his luck one more time. So he bought the building and went to work renovating and decorating.
The diner is stylish and all Severna Park. Red napkins and flower vases accent the black-and-white color scheme. Photos of the park cover the walls. A mural by Jo Shane depicts local scenes.
"We want people tofeel very comfortable, like they can come in a couple of days a weekrather than waiting for a special occasion," says Anderson, who, with his wife, Cathy, is combining quality with what he considers
thebest prices in town.
Known for his baked goods -- muffins, cakes and pies -- he also bakes bagels and loaves of bread each morning that are sliced for toast.
The restaurant is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and on Sunday the grill serves breakfast and brunch from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
P.S. Ifyou remember Capers' scrumptious pumpkin muffins, you'll be happy toknow they are available at the grill.
If it's Thursday, you still have time. At 8 tonight, the Sons of the Severn Barbershop Chorus will present a free concert at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College.
The concert will have free refreshments, too.
The chorus is affiliated with the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.
The group rehearses every Tuesday evening at the Glen BurnieMethodist Church at Crain Highway and Second Avenue from 7:30 to 10.
For more information, call John Selway, 766-8051, or Orville Henschel, 761-3715.
Sunday is a great day for a picnic or one of the many outdoor concerts scheduled around the county.
Instead of slaving away in the kitchen, why not stop by the Safeway parking lot on Benfield Road near Jumpers Hole and buy the main course for your picnic supper?
The Severna Park Jaycees are cooking up barbecued chicken and will be selling it between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Don't waittoo late. They usually run out before closing.
For more information, call 544-3120 or 647-2771.
If you think that summer is almost over, think again. There will be plenty to do in August.
Children, ages 7 to 10, will enjoy nature stories and activities at 10 a.m. Sunday at Quiet Waters Park off Hillsmere Road in Annapolis. To register, call 222-1777.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, the U.S. Naval Academy's Electric Brigade will perform at Downs Park off Mountain Road in Pasadena.
Register your team by 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Downs Park. That's when the judging for the annual family Sandcastle Building Contest takes place.
For details, call 222-6230.