Hurricane Grill closes Elkton location
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If you are like a lot of people in Elkton, you may be wondering what happened to Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Village at Elkton.
The eatery closed at the end of August after four and a half successful years, according to Melissa Perlman, public relations director for the parent company in Delray Beach, Fla.
“They had a lot of success. We heard there were some great years there,” Perlman said of the franchise owned by Rob Carlozzi and Chris Polizzi. “It was a franchise decision, not corporate.”
The Whig reached out to both men and got no response.
Perlman said since the local restaurant opened in February 2013, there has been a change in the direction of the national company.
“We’ve been reviewing the area and the market,” Perlman said. “The demographic was not in line with where we were going.”
But Perlman said as Cecil County grows, there may be another Hurricane Grill.
With 100 new eateries going up nationwide, Perlman said Hurricane Grill is “in an active phase of growth” with a focus on fast casual and dockside styles of restaurants.
“We’re better off with a couple of locations in Hagerstown and Arlington,” Perlman said. “It better meets the needs of our customers.” *** After a long hiatus, the Festival of Trees is coming back to Cecil County. The beneficiary of this festive holiday event will be CASA of Cecil County.
Giulia Hodge, executive director of the county Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which helps children in the foster care system, said business sponsors are being sought for each of the trees to get decorated and go on display inside the West Street Village in North East.
“Elizabeth Felts has donated two stores to the cause,” Hodge said of the owner of the building that houses several businesses within its walls on Main Street.
In exchange for a $100 donation, businesses can have their name displayed with a tree, each decorated with a different display.
“If they don’t want to decorate the tree, they can have a nonprofit do it,” Hodge said Monday.
Trees must be purchased by Oct. 25 and decorated between Oct. 27 and 29.
Festival Of Trees begins Nov. 2 and runs through Dec. 2. A silent auction will raise funds for CASA and give the winner of each a beautiful artificial tree with all its decorations.
Hodge said the Festival of Trees that was formerly held each year at the Armory in Elkton was a successful event. According to Judy Cox, former Rising Sun mayor, there were three such festivals to benefit the Cecil County YMCA in the late 1990s. Cox recalled that $30,000 was raised in the 1996 event.
Hodge said people are getting excited about its return.
“So far the response has been outstanding,” she said.
For more information call CASA at 410-996-3025 or go to www.cecilcasa.org. *** How many manufacturers do you think are located in Cecil County? Bonnie Grady, executive director of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce found out after weeks of research.
“Only eight to 10 showed up on our list as manufacturers,” Grady said. “We knew there had to be more than that.”
Under the definition of the Standard Industrial Classification, Grady and her team discovered hundreds of possibilities including landscapers, wineries and printers, which are considered manufacturers.
With help from the Cecil County Public Library, the chamber developed a more complete list of potential manufacturers in the county.
“Then we scrubbed the list to see who was still in business,” she said.
From there, letters were mailed. If any letters came back unable to be delivered, that business came off the list.
“We got down to just under 100,” she said.
More than 20 of those firms were represented last month at the first Manufacturer’s Appreciation Luncheon.
“But 80 percent of those who attended were not manufacturers,” she noted. “It’s interesting how it developed.”
Grady said people were so engaged in conversation at the Sept. 28 luncheon she had trouble getting them to the tables to start the function. Topics of discussion included how to get good workers and how to keep them, especially for smaller organizations now competing with employment giants such as Amazon and Lidl.
“How do I keep one or two when they hire hundreds?” and “If I find someone, often they don’t have the skills I need,” were among the questions seeking answers.
From that luncheon, Grady has started construction of a Manufacturer’s Initiative, which will form a roundtable to hash out those and other questions.
“It will be driven by the participants,” she said, comparing it to the nonprofit roundtable, which is also shepherded by the chamber.
From there, the initiative will explore the feasibility of becoming a “Work Ready Community.”
Lastly, there would also be the creation of an annual Manufacturer’s Day.
“They all liked Grady said.
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Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Village at Elkton Shopping Center closed at the end of August, even though a corporate spokeswoman called the local restaurant successful.