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