Spork Cafe to open in downtown Elkton
While I was out and about ... A new store is coming to downtown Elkton in May and Executive Director of the Elkton Alliance and Chamber Mary Jo Jablonski is very excited.
Cecil County native Brielle Smart and Jason Curtis, who is from Coatesville, Pa., are partners in Spork Cafe, Bakery & Market.
The shop, which is going to feature a menu of seasonal dishes, using as much local produce as possible, will also have a rustic, country décor.
Spork Cafe, Bakery & Market will be located at 102 W. Main St., a space that was once home to MacMillan’s Sports, but has been vacant for several years.
“It’s so great to have a young couple invest in Main Street,” Jablonski said. “It will be something to look forward to.”
The shop will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.
The menu, which is still a work in progress, will include breakfast, lunch and dinner items; as well as soups, salads, sides, beverages and fresh bakery items.
While this marks the first business venture for the couple, they both have extensive experience in the restaurant business and met while working at a restaurant in Kennett Square, Pa.
Smart is a pastry chef who has four years experience working in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Colorado at fine dining and farm-totable eateries.
“I’m Italian so I love baking,” she said.
Her bakery items will be baked fresh daily and vary, including items such as cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, scones, muffins, biscuits, coffee cake, macaroons, pies, cakes, tarts, pretzels, cookies, cannolis, cheesecake, crisps, Jason Curtis and Brielle Smart reveal their logo for a new business they are opening downtown Elkton.
bread pudding, brownies and breads.
“I also plan to offer homemade ice cream,” she said.
Curtis, who is an executive chef with 12 years experience in West Chester, Philadelphia and Kennett Square, will be in charge of the rest of the menu with dishes like crab mac ‘n’ cheese grilled cheese, crab pretzel, roasted vegetable lettuce wrap and strawberry salad.
The 1,800-square-foot area will include a pastry kitchen at the rear and an open kitchen in the front behind a long counter for customers to pick up orders they’ve called in. But there will be several high-top tables with seating and a couple of big picnic tables for larger groups who want to eat-in.
The couple will offer a market
area in the store to sell homemade items, such as rhubarb preserves, pickles, jam, biscotti, baguettes, chocolate bark and specialty breads.
“We’re going to add a couple of benches outside,” Smart said. “Customers can sit there and eat ice cream or wait.”
They are targeting an opening date for mid- to late May, but that will depend on renovations and inspections from the town and the health department.
So keep your eye on their progress and watch for their opening announcement.
*** South of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, work has been moving along on a plan to open a Dollar General just outside of Chesapeake City town limits.
While there were plans to build a Dollar General at the former Jack & Helen’s restaurant off Route 213, they were ultimately denied a rezoning by the county in June 2013. The new plan will see the store developed at the former Chesapeake Wine & Spirits location just to the north, which is properly zoned.
While in county limits, the developer has had to contend with Chesapeake City municipal design restrictions because it has requested water and sewer service from the town. At its April 4 meeting, the town council unanimously approved a plan to extend service to the planned store.
“There is a huge expense to do the infrastructure under the highway,” Mayor Dean Geracimos recently told the Whig, noting that the town’s special service district law allows it to compel newly served developments to fund water and sewer service extension to their neighboring lots. “This is a project in excess of $100,000 that the developer is paying for.”
In a special service district, a contractor is then reimbursed $5,000 from each of those neighboring lot owners who choose to connect to the public utilities.
*** It’s that time of year again for the Fair Hill Point-to-Point races and festivities at the racetrack at Route 273 and Route 213.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, with gates open from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Brooke Boyer, director of racing, says this is the fifth year for the event, which draws a bigger crowd each year. Proceeds from the Point-to-Point benefit Fair Hill Nature Center, which operates as a nonprofit educational center on the Fair Hill property.
This year’s race features 12 races, including flat races and timber jumps. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Military are free.
While racing are going on throughout the day, those attending will be able to enjoy a variety of food vendors, visit a classic car display, bid on silent auction items and listen to live music.
WJBR is doing a live radio broadcast from the races. For more information, call Fair Hill Nature Center office at 410-398-4909.
If you have any tidbits to share with Cheryl Mattix for this column, contact her at cmattix@cecilwhig. com, or call her at 443-907-8440.
The former Chesapeake Wine and Spirits store will be the site of a future Dollar General after the Chesapeake City town council recently approved a utility service plan.