Drive-through restaurant opens to line of chrome and rubber GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

January 20, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

They came with their loved ones and they came alone. They drove in pickup trucks and they drove in Camaros. They were curious. They were hungry.

They were in my way.

Checkers is open, and fast food in Glen Burnie may never be the same again.

The restaurant itself is rather like Archie and Jughead meet Judy and Elroy Jetson -- a hybrid of all that is old and new in the fast-food world. Not a drive-in but a drive-through.

Twin drive-through windows bracket twin walk-up windows. Large umbrella-like appendages extend over picnic tables, evoking an image of satellite dishes in search of intelligent life. (When found, it will most certainly not be waiting in line.)

Dozens of cars had converged on the drive-through. The trail of chrome and rubber extended out of the parking lot, north on Ritchie Highway where it merged with another line of cars seeking a parking spot at the Motor Vehicle Administration. It should be noted that although many potential Checker's customers never did get to eat, they are now sporting amusing new vanity license tags on their cars.

Employees of Hardees, Wendy's and Kentucky Fried Chicken came to pay homage, laying individual packets of condiments at the edge of the parking lot.

Parents left their cars in park, sneaked next door to the golden arches and bought Happy Meals to tide over the kiddies until it was their turn at a drive-through window.

It was truly an event.

Unfortunately, I never actually made it to a Checkers' window -- on foot or in a car. The "check engine" light on the --board flashed, and I was forced to relinquish my space to a minivan full of cheerleaders who had been chanting "Give me a C, give me an H . . ." for 47 continuous minutes.

Meet you at the drive-through, Glen Burnie.

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Preparations are being made for the Glen Burnie Rotary Club's second annual Indoor Putting Golf Classic Feb. 6 at the Comfort Inn in North Linthicum.

The evening's activities will begin with dinner, served from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An open bar will be available throughout the evening.

Golfers will tee off at 6 p.m. with a shotgun start. They will be challenged by a course that travels through the hotel lobby, into offices, down corridors and through various banquet and hotel rooms.

Trophies will be awarded to the best male and female player and the best foursome. Golfers are invited to take a chance on a special hole-in-one contest.

Fees for the event are: $55 for individual players; $220 for foursomes; $30 for nongolfers. Golf holes may be sponsored for $100 each, and program ads may be purchased for $25.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit several charities selected by the Rotary.

For information, call Gene Edwards, 987-2415.

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Roll out the barrels, Glen Burnie, for the Polish Hop, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday at the Columbian Center, 335 N. Ritchie Highway. Sponsored by the Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus Council 3413, this annual event is a celebration of Polish food, music and dance.

The $12 admission price includes dinner and dancing to the music of Joy.

The menu features golumki, a traditional Polish dish of stuffed cabbage rolls, and Polish ham, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert, beer and soft drinks.

For ticket information, call 766-7290 or 647-3413.

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The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its monthly Networking Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., tomorrow, at An Affair To Remember on the 10th floor of the Empire Towers. Daniel Conkling and Charles Posey, both certified public accountants, are sponsoring the event.

Delays in the construction of Conkling and Posey's new office building on Sixth Avenue have resulted in the change of the location to the Empire Towers.

A computer software spreadsheet program will be given as a door prize.

Chamber members and potential members are encouraged to attend to make contacts with members of the North County business community.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $10 at the door. Contact the chamber office, 766-8282, for more information.

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Jack Gotwalt is the guest chef for a brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road. Gotwalt, past president of the Post, will be joined in the kitchen by VFW members Wyman Bailey and Harry Mounts.

The trio has planned a menu that includes eggs, pancakes, home fries, juice, toast, coffee, ham, chicken, veal, spaghetti, french fries, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, and rolls and butter.

The brunch is open to the community. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12.

For information, call 766-9802.

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The Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School Band Booster Association is having a Valentine's Dance, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Feb. 13 in the school auditorium, 120 Dorsey Road.

Music will be provided by the popular band, Ashtin Golt Showtile, which performs contemporary music and a selection of hits from the '50s and '60s.

Tickets are $18 per person. The price includes a cold buffet, beer, snacks and setups. For ticket information, call 766-7130, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 768-8913, evenings.

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