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Construction of multimillion-dollar project in downtown Hagerstown to be finished in three months

July 11, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Construction of a restaurant and office space between Duffy's on Potomac and the Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant in downtown Hagerstown should be finished within the next three months, officials associated with the multimillion-dollar project said earlier this week.

Steve Kemmet, general manager of Bulls and Bears, a restaurant that is being built as part of the project, said workers were on schedule to complete the job last month, but they had to wait on specially ordered building materials.

"Within the next 90 days, we expect to be open," Kemmet said. "Five crews are working five days a week ... We're doing everything we can to get open as fast as we can."

Kemmet said developer Don Bowman of Bowman Development Corp. has spent millions of dollars on the project. When everything is finished, the site will include Bulls and Bears, a downstairs bar, a convenience store, office space and a luxury two-bedroom apartment.

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The 125-seat, Wall Street-themed Bulls and Bears restaurant and bar will serve American cuisine, including crab cakes, steaks and sandwiches, for lunch and dinner, Kemmet said. Customers should expect to pay on average $10 for lunch and $14 for dinner.

Kemmet said Bulls and Bears will employ about 35 full-time and part-time employees.

The convenience store, called Trader's on Potomac, will serve, among other things, coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches, Kemmet said. Trader's on Potomac also is licensed to sell beer and wine.

Kemmet said the offices will be leased when the spaces become available.

The construction encompasses three adjacent buildings - the Walker House, the former Tri-State Electric building and the site of the former Double T Lounge. After construction is complete, however, the entire complex will be listed as 38 S. Potomac St., Kemmet said.

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