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New Bulls & Bears restaurant opens in downtown Hagerstown

October 17, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The long-awaited Bulls & Bears restaurant officially opened for business Thursday at 38 S. Potomac St. in downtown Hagerstown.

Bulls & Bears offers burgers, steaks and a wide variety of other American cuisine at an affordable price, general manager Stephen Kemmet said. A typical lunch, including tip, costs about $10.

Kemmet said the owners of the 184-seat restaurant treated employees from local businesses to dinner earlier this week to give the staff a chance to settle in.

"It was just a dry run," Kemmet said. "There were a few complications in the kitchen ... But it's fixed now, and we're good to go."

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Opening on Thursday in the same building as Bulls & Bears was the Traders on Potomac convenience store. Among the items that the store sells are beer, candy, chips, gourmet coffee, cookies, doughnuts, sundries and a limited selection of wines.

Kemmet said when things get going, Traders on Potomac will serve grab-and-go sandwiches as well.

Traders on Potomac and Bulls & Bears are part of a multi-million-dollar project funded by the Bowman Development Corp. The project started about two years ago and included the construction of the restaurant, the convenience store, a downtown bar and a luxury two-bedroom apartment on the top floor, which hasn't been finished.

"I'm not sure when that will be done," Kemmet said.

Bulls & Bears is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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