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Baseball-theme restaurant to open at former Applebee's

November 04, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

Big Bats Cafe is in growth mode, planning a Nov. 23 opening for its latest expansion franchise in Hagerstown at the former Applebee's on Wesel Boulevard, a company official said Wednesday.

The family-owned business chose Hagerstown because it is a growing city, said Nathan Garland, chief executive officer with the company based in Stevensville, Md., on the Eastern Shore.

This will be the third Big Bats Cafe. The first opened in 1997 on Kent Island, Md., and one opened in Easton, Md., in spring 2004, Garland said. Company officials are talking about opening a restaurant in Salisbury, Md., and possibly in Frederick, Md., and Lancaster, Pa., he said.

The family business is leasing the 1481 Wesel Blvd. building from The Bowman Group, Garland said.

The restaurant will feature minor league and major league baseball memorabilia, Garland said. Approximately 20 televisions, including 10 42-inch plasma flat screens will show sporting events and other programs. There will even be televisions in the bathrooms, he said.

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The average check per person at a Big Bats Cafe is $12, Garland said.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. on Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. until midnight on Sunday.

The restaurant will employ approximately 60 to 80 people. People interested in applying, should apply at the restaurant, he said.

More information about Big Bats Cafe is available at www.bigbats.com.

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