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Ziggy's offers sandwiches, gourmet desserts

April 04, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - In the weeks before the March 30 grand opening of Ziggy's Cafe at 22317 Jefferson Blvd., new owner Richard Caudell has been up to his elbows in details.

Built as a Tastee Freez many years ago, the restaurant became Doug's All American and later, Ariel's.

"We're going to have an outside eating area with lots of wildflowers all around," Caudell said, scanning the expansive lawn in front of the restaurant. "It should be really nice."

The building has seating for 55 patrons, at booths and tables.

The menu will include fresh ground hamburgers, fresh baked breads, deli-style sandwiches, panini, veggie dishes, quiches, soups, a kids menu, and daily specials.

Gourmet desserts are also on the menu.

One sandwich - The Cavetowner - is named after the small community which is near the restaurant, Caudell said. It consists of roast beef, cheddar, lettuce and tomato.

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Side dishes will include coleslaw, fries or a fresh apple. All sandwiches are made to order.

"There will be pizza that can be called in and picked up in 15 minutes," Caudell said.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, Caudell said. "I'd like to do breakfast someday soon."

Prices will be reasonable, Caudell said.

Caudell, 54, said he has been involved in restaurant work - as a boy and man - for 42 years.

"I grew up in the Vogue Room and the Tortuga," he said. "My mom was a barmaid and I worked my way up."

Caudell has managed restaurants around Hagerstown including The Wharf, which used to be on East Washington Street.

Then he managed The Main Street Grill in Emmitsburg, Md., for many years - an establishment that seated 400 people. "I cooked and did everything," he said.

A heart problem slowed Caudell down and forced him to undergo open heart surgery. Soon he was back to work, but his heart acted up again.

"Then I started paying attention and I slowed down a little," Caudell said.

For a while, he operated an ice cream place in Urbana, Md.

He heard Ariel's was for sale a few weeks ago, and he decided to go for it.

Caudell and his wife, Linda Caudell, both own Ziggy's Cafe. They reside in Cascade, and Linda Caudell is a teacher at Smithsburg High School.

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