Buell's reopens as Uncle Y.Y.'s Former tavern now a Chinese restaurant

November 11, 1993|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Instead of crab cakes and hot pork sandwiches, diners nibbled fried rice and soft noodles yesterday at a new Chinese restaurant in Ellicott City, on the former site of Buell's, once one of Howard County's oldest taverns.

Uncle Y.Y.'s Szechuan Restaurant opened its doors yesterday in the building that once housed Buell's, a 53-year-old restaurant that was known for its home-style food and as a gathering place for service clubs.

Buell's opened in 1939 and had stayed in the Buell family for three generations. It closed last year, after its owner, Trudy Buell, decided that the tavern was too difficult to run and that there wasn't enough demand for family-style food.

Yesterday, except for a congratulatory wreath from Ms. Buell in the shape of the old restaurant's trademark horseshoe, there were no traces of the former roadside tavern.

Instead, the freshly painted red and white building is adorned with Chinese lanterns and newly planted flowers. Inside, the decor was pale pink and emerald green.

Former Buell's diners discussed the differences between the two restaurants. "It's much more attractive," said Anne Ostrom, a former Buell's patron. "The whole interior is delightful."

Y. Y. Lee, the new restaurant's chairman and chief executive officer, also owns a restaurant in Taiwan. He was on hand yesterday to greet diners on opening day.

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