Bookstore to make way for restaurant

February 04, 1997|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

The Cover to Cover Bookstore, a 20-year veteran of east Columbia's Owen Brown Village Center, is moving to a storefront 50 feet away, and a new restaurant will be taking over its former home.

Sonoma's Bar and Grill -- to open at the beginning of April -- will serve pasta, sandwiches and salads, said Steve Heintzelman, owner and operator.

"The restaurant location allows for outdoor seating, and we want to maintain that potential," said Stephen Oseroff, manager of the property through GFS Realty Inc.

A floor-to-ceiling, salt-water fish tank will divide the restaurant, which will have lunch specials, Sunday brunch and happy hour, said Heintzelman, who lives in west Columbia.

The bookstore will move within three weeks, said Robert Maiolo, its manager. "We are totally positive on the move," he said. "We'll have a chance to make some changes in our format and facility, to be a lot more flexible."

The bookstore -- the only one in a Columbia village center -- has struggled for years as the center aged and new mega-bookstores opened nearby. Last February, its longtime owner sold the store to a new owner, Marian Brown of Baltimore.

The store, which specializes in spiritual, self-help and health titles, plans to reintroduce a sizable fiction section in the new store, Maiolo said.

For nearly 10 years, the bookstore shared store space with a small, separately owned cafe. That cafe shut down in July.

Pub Date: 2/04/97

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