Faye, who is no diner guy, is back where she belongs

September 13, 1994|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer

Faye's back in town.

Faye Hines, who traded her filling-station-turned-restaurant in downtown Glen Burnie for a modern spot near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, has returned to the old neighborhood.

"We're back in Glen Burnie," said Mrs. Hines, 49, who started Faye's Sub Shop a decade ago a stone's throw from the new Faye's Sub Shop on Crain Highway. "The people have always been good here in Glen Burnie."

She leaves behind a large first-floor restaurant on Dorsey Road, where Faye's Dorsey Diner moved just two years ago. She opened the 26-seat sub shop this spring to try to get back the customers lost when she moved.

Running the 70-seat diner, the sub shop and takeout operations from both places proved to be too much for her and her husband, Butch. Business at the diner "wasn't so good," she said, which made it easy for her to arrive at her decision. She closed the diner a month ago.

Though the menu followed her to the sub shop, the diner's 1950s decor and vintage car paraphernalia did not.

She's not naming sandwiches for cars anymore, either. The two vintage car clubs that used to congregate around the diner won't be following her back to Glen Burnie. She doesn't have a 400-space parking lot to accommodate their weekend cruise nights.

But the "Table" is there. The dozen Glen Burnie and Pasadena business owners, workers and retirees have a lunchtime get-together at Faye's four days a week.

They started coming to Faye's when she opened up in Glen Burnie nearly 10 years ago. When she moved to the western edge of Glen Burnie, they went along. Now, they've come back to town with her.

"We feel comfortable," said "Table" member and photographer David Hare, who regularly lunches on half a tuna sub. "The prices are good, the food is good."

The restaurant has been an institution catering to workers, car buffs, even the homeless. In a sense, Faye's has been more like a large family doing good deeds, rather than a restaurant. Mrs. Hines is known for giving food to anyone who claims to be destitute. The restaurant's employees deliver unsold food to the needy. Evening customers have stayed late to help clean up. On one occasion, Mrs. Hines sent three days' worth of food to a customer whose wife was hospitalized.

People who met over coffee at Faye's have helped one another move, and Faye's has been the site of charity fund-raisers.

Faye's Sub Shop, the first one, opened in 1985 at a former filling station that still had the lifts in the floors and a legendary bathroom on the outside.

A toilet once broke while a customer was inside the bathroom. The man, thereafter nicknamed "Mr. Happy Flush," emerged drenched with blue sanitary solution.

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