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New businesses coming in to replace Barracuda, Andrew's on Dual Highway

February 17, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

erinc@herald-mail.com

When the large blue fish was removed this week, it was one of the first steps to transform what was Barracuda Surf Bar and Andrew's Steak & Seafood into a country western bar and a restaurant.

The buildings were leased from Clarion Hotel on Dual Highway by West Inc., a Glen Burnie, Md.-based business, said one of the owners, Joseph Rouse.

Cancun Cantina West, a country western bar, will replace what was Barracuda Surf Bar at 901 Dual Highway in Hagerstown. It is expected to open by April.

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"You've never seen country like this," Rouse said.

Andrew's will be replaced by Bamboo Bernies Bar & Grill, a restaurant next to the club. The restaurant, he said, will open after Cancun Cantina West.

Cancun Cantina West will be open Wednesday through Saturday nights. Rouse said his wife will teach country line dancing lessons. On Friday and Saturday nights, he expects there will be bands performing, along with frequent national acts, he said.

Bamboo Bernies will be open from 10 a.m. until at least 10 p.m. seven days a week, Rouse said. He expects the restaurant to remain open later on Friday and Saturday nights.

The dining area will have large televisions, and Rouse said it will be a restaurant that offers everything from hot dogs to crab cakes.

"We're going to make it a nice experience," he said. "We want you to come in and have a very special experience."

The restaurant will open later than the club because, Rouse said, there is more work to do. West Inc. is installing a hardwood floor, a new bar, many televisions and a camera system.

Rouse said liquor licenses for both businesses were approved more than a week ago by the Washington County Board of License Commissioners.

"We believe people in Hagerstown and Washington County will be very pleased with what goes in there," Rouse said. "They'll be pleased with the quality of the place, and also the quality of the food."

West Inc. owns similar businesses in Maryland.

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