Spork Cafe & Bak­ery to open Thurs­day

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... Spork Cafe, Bak­ery & Mar­ket will open at noon Thurs­day at 102 W. Main St. in Elkton — about a month later than own­ers Ja­son Cur­tis and Brielle Smart had orig­i­nally hoped.

Open­ing day will fea­ture a free bev­er­age with a $10 or­der.

“A few things slowed us down,” Smart said, “But we’re ready now.”

The cou­ple, with help from fam­ily, has been work­ing night and day since midApril get­ting the equip­ment in­stalled, ren­o­va­tions done and fur­ni­ture made.

The ta­bles and chairs are made from wood pal­lets, as well as the counter fa­cade.

Smart, who is a pas­try chef, has been busy set­ting up the bak­ery kitchen for her daily spe­cials, in­clud­ing breads, Ital­ian spe­cial­ties, pas­tries and cook­ies. She is mak­ing fresh home­made ice cream that will be sold for $1 a dip in cones or cups.

I got to sam­ple the choco­late chip mint with real mint and it was so yummy.

The menu will be posted on a large chalk­board daily and will change of­ten de­pend­ing on what in­gre­di­ents are in sea­son.

“We are us­ing as many fresh in­gre­di­ents grown lo­cally as we can get,” Cur­tis said, not­ing they’ve al­ready re­al­ized some prod­ucts have very short sea­sons.

Cur­tis, who has 12 years ex­pe­ri­ence as an ex­ec­u­tive chef, en­joys cre­at­ing unique sand­wiches. Some of his spe­cial­ties are pulled pork sand­wich on fresh brioche, crab mac and cheese grilled cheese, creamed chipped beef served in a Natty Boh beer bread bowl and home­made soft pret­zel sticks with crab dip.

Spork will open Thurs­day and Fri­day of this week from noon un­til 6 p.m., Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun­day from 10 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. Start­ing Mon­day, July 4, the cafe’s reg­u­lar week­day hours of 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. kick in and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Satur­days. Daily break­fast, lunch and din­ner ser­vice will be avail­able.

Be sure to check this place out later this week.

*** Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce is host­ing a group out­ing for any­one to at­tend an Aberdeen Iron­birds base­ball game on July 12 to cel­e­brate “I Love Ce­cil.”

The Iron­birds play the Brook­lyn Cy­clones with a 7:05 p.m. game start.

The event, be­ing dubbed a “fam­ily night” by the cham­ber, be­gins at 5:45 p.m. at Rip­ken Sta­dium. Tick­ets are $25 each for ad­mis­sion to the game, spe­cial seat­ing, an Iron­birds hat and an “I Love Ce­cil” string bag filled with good­ies. A $45 ticket per per­son adds an all-you-caneat pic­nic and a $75 ticket in­cludes pri­vate seat­ing in a re- served pic­nic area, steamed crabs and the all-you-an-eat pic­nic.

Any­one at­tend­ing can par­tic­i­pate in a “I Love Ce­cil” pregame pa­rade around the bases and a spe­cial “I Love Ce­cil” sev­enth in­ning stretch.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased online at www.ce­cilcham­ber. com by click­ing on the event on the left side of the home­page. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the cham­ber of­fice at 410-392-3833.

*** C.K. Pa­tel, owner of Bridge Street Liquors lo­cated in North­side Plaza in Elkton, tells me he is ren­o­vat­ing the rear 3,000 squarefeet of the build­ing that houses Bridge Street Liquors for Elkton Dol­lar store.

Pa­tel has al­ready set up the shelv­ing and sales coun­ters, but is still wait­ing for de­liv­ery of his in­ven­tory and some equip­ment.

He hopes to open Elkton Dol­lar store by mid-July. Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

*** Pa­tri­ots Glen Na­tional Golf Club in Elkton is on the mar­ket again for an ask­ing price of $1.795 mil­lion.

Penn­syl­va­nian golf pro­fes­sion­als Wes Hol­lis and Hugo Maz­zalupi pur­chased the pre­vi­ously aban­doned course in 2014 and got it back into op­er­a­tional shape, but now are ap­par­ently float­ing its sale.

Robert Wal­dron of Leisure In­vest­ment Prop­er­ties Group listed the 215-acre prop­erty in mid-June tout­ing its re­cent ren­o­va­tions and prime lo­ca­tion on the In­ter­state 95 cor­ri­dor half­way be­tween Bal­ti­more and Philadel­phia as key at­tributes.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Cheryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CHERYL MATTIX

Ja­son Cur­tis and Brielle Smart pause for a mo­ment Tues­day as they put the fin­ish­ing touches on the in­te­rior of Spork Cafe & Bak­ery.

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