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Firehouse Subs Opens Restaurant In Lexington Park

Firehouse Subs announced the grand opening of its first location in Lexington Park on March 15. The fast casual restaurant chain says it is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served with fresh produce and condiments. Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant’s firehouse décor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service, and the new location is decorated with local firefighter memorabilia from several local fire departments, including Bay District, Leonardtown and Hollywood Fire Departments.

The restaurant is located at 22755 Maple Road and is open Sunday - Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Local owners Darrin Atlas and Dennis Atlas lived near a fire station growing up and are thrilled to bring Firehouse Subs’ unrivaled taste and flavor to Lexington Park.

Firehouse Subs restaurants boast a custom, hand-painted mural that pays tribute to the local community. The Lexington Park mural features the Leonardtown Fire Department extinguishing a fire at the family’s historic Bell Motor Company, the second oldest Chevrolet dealership in the United States. Chief Mural Artist Joe Puskas and his team paint every mural from his studio at Firehouse Subs Headquarters. Since the opening of the first Firehouse Subs in 1994, Puskas has painted more than 750 murals.

In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Many first responders make do with older equipment and have limited or no access to needed resources, but Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given $8.3 million to hometown heroes in 39 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $65,636 in Maryland. Local fundraising initiatives include recycling empty five-gallon pickle buckets and selling them to guests for $2 each, a Round Up Program allowing guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar, and spare change donation canisters.

Lighthouse Restaurant Makes a Comeback

By Sarah Miller, The County Times

After eight years, The Lighthouse Restaurant and Dock Bar in Solomons is open once again.

Co-owners and brothers Rusty and Nick Schriver have been in the restaurant businesses for 20 years, according to Rusty. They once owned Clarke’s Landing in St. Mary’s County, and much of the staff from there came with the Schrivers to the new restaurant.

The original Lighthouse Restaurant burned down in 2006, Rusty said. He and Nick bought the property in February 2013 and construction started shortly after. The new restaurant opened on Feb. 24

“Everybody in the community has been fantastic,” Rusty said.

The restaurant has been attracting new and old customers alike. Julie and Matt Leach tried the restaurant out because of friends’ recommendations and reviews on Facebook. Cheryl and Walt Freeman have been to the Lighthouse twice since it opened, and plan to keep returning. County Commissioner Jerry Clark, a regular at the first Lighthouse, said the new restaurant’s atmosphere is more laid back.

“They’ve done a great job,” Clark said, adding that he looks forward to visiting regularly and sitting outside during the summer.

Rusty and Nick didn’t want to re-create the Lighthouse as it was. Instead they put their own spin on it, keeping the name in remembrance of a popular community destination. They specialize in seafood, buying from local suppliers and top quality ingredients, Rusty said. They blend hamburger meat themselves, using beef brisket, short rib and ground chuck meat, which makes for a juicer burger, Rusty said.

Running The Lighthouse has been a different experience, Rusty said. The location can hold 410 people at maximum capacity, which is twice the size of their former establishment. The second floor has elevator access, which has already made it popular for wedding receptions and other gatherings, Rusty said.

The Lighthouse is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week, Rusty said, and they plan to expand their hours during the summer. They are considering hosting live bands during the summer, though plans are still in the works.

For more information, visit, call 410-231-2256 or visit the restaurant at 14636 South Solomons Island Road on Solomons Island.

Renee Garcia Promoted to Guest Services Manager of St. Charles Towne Center

St. Charles Towne Center management announced the promotion of Renee Garcia to Guest Services Manager. In this new position, Garcia's responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of the Guest Services desk, supervising the implementation of the mall's giftcard program, coordinating Simon Kidgits Club events and managing new membership sales and renewals.

"We are thrilled to have Renee on board with us as Guest Services Manager," said Cristina Montanez, area director of marketing and business development at St. Charles Towne Center. "Her strong organizational and management skills, along with her previous experience at St. Charles Towne Center, make Renee a valuable member of our team."

Prior to this new position, Garcia worked as an administrative assistant at St. Charles Towne Center. She was responsible for handling the daily operations of the management office, sales input for all retailers and Simon Kidgits Club coordination. She also assisted leasing representatives with new lease agreements and handled customer service inquiries. Her previous experience at St. Charles Towne Center has helped Garcia make a smooth transition into her new role as guest services manager.

"It has been a privilege working with St. Charles Towne Center for the past two years, and I'm proud to take on this new role," Garcia said. "Guest Services is the hub of the mall, and I look forward to leading the management efforts of such an excellent team."

New and Relocated Businesses in Calvert Co.

New businesses:

Community Home Health of Maryland
10735 Town Center Blvd.

Lighthouse Restaurant and Dock Bar
14636 South Solomons Island Road

Le Visage Salon
Fox Run Shopping Center
775 Solomons Island Road
Prince Frederick


Stoney’s Seafood House
Market Square Shopping Center
896 Costley Way
Prince Frederick

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