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Boonsboro bakery, Halfway restaurant close doors

April 24, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com
  • Icing Bakery & Cafe, a family-owned store in downtown Boonsboro, closed Sunday.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Two local food establishments closed their doors Sunday, one a family-owned bakery, the other a chain restaurant.

Icing Bakery & Cafe, a family-owned store in downtown Boonsboro, closed Sunday, as did a Shoney’s restaurant at Hagerstown’s Valley Mall.

The Boonsboro bakery, which opened in May 2010, was known for its baked goods and sandwiches, including a chicken salad sandwich with cranberries and walnuts, a patron said.

Lacy Barnhart, owned the store with her husband Tom Barnhart, said she and husband became the parents of twin girls last year, and the arrival of Avery and Eden was one reason for the closure. She also mentioned the rising cost of ingredients as another reason.

“We were not just making enough to go on ... it seemed that the prices of ingredients kept going up every week,” Lacy Barnhart said.

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She said that she found she was working from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week.

“It takes a lot to keep an independent business going. You try to keep your price points low, but then you don’t make enough to keep the business going,” she said.

Lacy Barnhart said she has a degree in pastry arts from L’Academie de Cuisine, a culinary school in Gaithersburg, Md., and also worked at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Va.

The bakery’s three-year lease at its current location ends this month.

“It is like losing a part of you ... But you deal with what life gives you,” she said Tuesday.

Lacy Barnhart said she will continue to make cakes on order.

Myrna Turner, a Boonsboro resident, said she ate at the bakery twice a week and especially liked the croissant, the chicken salad sandwich and the coffee.

Diana Hammond, an assistant manager at Turn The Page Bookstore on Boonsboro’s Main Street, said the bakery was a great addition to downtown.

“It was kind of becoming a staple around here,” she said.

Lacy Barnhart said two employees worked at the bakery, and she often got help from relatives.

Shoney’s, a restaurant in Valley Mall, also closed Sunday.

A man who answered the door at the restaurant said he was the general manager, adding that about 50 part-time employees and five managers would lose their jobs at the Hagerstown location.

The man, who did not want to give his name, said that a Shoney’s restaurant in Martinsburg, W.Va., also closed Sunday, as did restaurants in Staunton, Va., and Harrisonburg, Va.

Carolyn Frazier,  a waitress at the Hagerstown Shoney’s for 11 years, said she would miss her regular customers.

“It really hurts me a lot. The customers there, they became part of my family. I got invited to weddings, baby showers and picnics,” she said. “I know am out of work but I will miss them. I am still in shock.”
Shoney, with headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., has restaurant locations around the country.

A company representative in Nashville did not return phone calls inquiring about the closings.

Patrons were still stopping at the Hagerstown Shoney’s Tuesday.

Gary Keirsey, from Fayetteville, Pa., was one of them.

He said he likes Shoney’s because the food was hot and fresh.

“I liked the breakfast bar,” Keirsey said, adding that he was “very disappointed.”

“I thought it did good business,” he said.

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