TANEYTOWN — Lifelong pals Mary Jane Brumbaugh and Marlene Sponaugle hope their 42-year-old friendship will survive their new relationship as businesspartners.
The two 48-year-old Washington County women will soon open Double M Restaurant on East Baltimore Street where, they say, a family can have a home-cooked meal for a reasonable price.
That theme of family food has also been adopted by another new restaurant here, the Taneytown Family Restaurant, which replaced Leonardi's on the square last month.
"We want to keep the restaurant very family-oriented," said Brian Smith, one of the owners of the Taneytown Family Restaurant.
Brumbaugh says she and Sponaugle have a similar hope for Double M.
"We wanted to have a place where people can bring their kids and get a decent meal and not spend a week's pay,"said the 14-year food-service veteran, who will cook and manage the staff at Double M.
Sponaugle, who says she will "do a little bit of everything at first," including waiting tables, said her main responsibility will be keeping the books.
"This is basically what I have wanted to do," Brumbaugh said. "Marlene and I always talked about going into business together, but we never took each other seriously."
But in August, Sponaugle was visiting this city and noticed a lease sign on the East Baltimore Street establishment, once known as theGolden Glove Twin Kiss.
"We knew Lloyd and Helen Spencer, who hadowned the Golden Glove Twin Kiss for about 13 or 14 years," said Sponaugle, who lived in Taneytown from 1983 to 1990. "Lloyd and Helen sold the business to Harry Sirinakis in January 1991."
Sirinakis, who owns Harry's Lunch in Westminster, intended to convert the Twin Kiss into Harry's Taneytown, but decided to lease the building instead.
Double M will be open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
"We will offer daily specials, a full line of breakfast, lunch and dinner platters, as well assandwiches, salads and eventually homemade pies," Brumbaugh said.
A little farther west on Baltimore Street, at the corner of York Street, new owners William Dilley, Richard Feeser, Harry Dougherty and Smith have been promoting the Taneytown Family Restaurant since it opened Jan. 19.
"Downstairs in the restaurant, we have daily lunch and dinner specials which are offered every day," Smith said. "On the weekends, we offer a breakfast buffet."
The four countians purchased the restaurant from 71-year-old Reisterstown resident Leonard Leonardi.
Dilley, Feeser, Dougherty and Smith have been operating the restaurant since its sale, but will officially settle on the business after a scheduled Liquor Board hearing in April. The four have applied for a liquor license and are now using Leonardi's liquor license.
"Right now, if someone comes into the restaurant and asks for a beer, we will serve them. But we are promoting the restaurant as family-oriented," Smith said.
In the upstairs banquet room for receptionsand parties, mixed drinks, beer and wine are served. Eventually, theowners plan a bar/lounge upstairs.