Council to hear redesign plans for restaurant

October 24, 1994|By Ellen Gamerman | Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer

Annapolis citizens will offer their views on the proposed redesigns of a popular downtown eatery and a fast-food restaurant tonight when the City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall.

First on the agenda is a plan to rebuild part of Harry Browne's, at 66 State Circle, near the State House.

Rusty Romo, the restaurant's owner, wants to enclose the outdoor dining area, which seats about 60 people. Mr. Romo said he'd lose about 15 seats, but could use the space year-round. The enclosure would take about four months to complete, he said.

"We're really not asking for a whole lot, just the enclosure of an existing space," said Mr. Romo, whose plan has been approved by the Historic District Commission.

But don't most people like to dine alfresco?

"Basically the Maryland weather stinks," Mr. Romo said. "I've found over the last 15 years, it's either been too hot or raining or covered in leaves or bugs or bees."

Fans of fast-food might take particular interest in the second item on the City Council's docket. The McDonald's Corp. wants to to bring its restaurant at 1941 West St. in line with the times.

The redesign plan for the restaurant, last rebuilt in 1963, calls for more windows and a more narrow, sleek shape, said Stanley Fine, a Baltimore lawyer representing the fast-food giant.

The restaurant also would change its drive-through design by creating three windows, one for ordering, one for paying and one for food pick-up. Mr. Fine said the lone window in the current design makes waiting for burger and fries longer than it needs to be.

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