FEATURE: New to Leonardtown
What's New & Exciting in Leonardtown?:
If you haven’t visited historic Leonardtown recently, there’s so
many new and exciting things happening in Town that you’ll
definitely want to make a return trip soon. Leonardtown is known
for its fine dining and one-of-a-kind experiences, and the new
restaurants and specialty shops that have recently hung shingles
in Town certainly add to the rich culture and exciting energy in this
vibrant town, and there are a lot of exciting changes with some
long-standing businesses and events that make them worth
taking another look.
Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar:
Offering fine dining and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, Sweetbay Restaurant & Bar recently
opened in the heart of Downtown Leonardtown. A group of local St. Mary's County friends and a
DC Restaurateur partnered to create a community gathering space to enjoy great food and great service. The group chose the name "Sweetbay" - a clever nod to the DC Restaurateur's restaurant on Dupont Circle (Magnolia Kitchen & Bar) and our local flora ("Sweetbay" is the native species of Magnolia most often found in Southern Maryland). On the Menu: Sweet Bay serves Contemporary American cuisine. Chef Marcel's Signature Dish: Paella.
Action Billiards & Lounge:
A family-friendly Billiards Hall providing 18 top-of-the-line, Diamond pool tables as well as three quarter tables. Offering a full bar and kitchen menu serving salads, subs, sandwiches and more in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Action Billiards & Lounge frequently holds special events and happenings include live music, tournaments, ladies night gatherings and more.
Do Dah Deli Returns to Leonardtown:
Popular Do Dah Deli(www.facebook.com/DoYouDoDah) makes a return to Leonardtown, now located on Washington Street across from Dunkin Donuts. Do Dah is a San Francisco meets New York style Deli that offers sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Catering trays are also available.
Fenwick Street Used Books Under New Management:
Jody and Kelly Brouwer are the new owners of Fenwick Street Used Books on Fenwick Street. The Mother-Daughter Team bought the beloved book store from founder and long-time owner, Joe Orlando, upon his retirement. The shop remains a popular landmark in Historic Downtown Leonardtown, and continues to offer new, used and rare books, vinyl records, cd's.
Boat Slips at Leonardtown Wharf:
Phase 1 of the Leonardtown Wharf floating dock is complete and was funded by a $199,000 Dept. of Natural Resources Waterway Improvement grant and the balance of the $388,000 project by the Commissioners of Leonardtown. The main dock is 191 feet in length with a 40 foot long t-end dock and will serve transient boat traffic. Depending on the boat size, The dock can accommodate over 9 boats. Phase 2 when complete would be for an additional 120 feet of end dock and will add electric, water and a pump out station. The Town has applied for an additional FY21 WWI grant for phase 2. Town Administrator, Laschelle McKay shares how the long-term project has been planned to drive economic development to Historic Downtown Leonardtown, “This has been part of the long term plan for Leonardtown Wharf and we feel this will be another important economic development driver for the downtown. There are no other boating facilities in Breton Bay and boaters will have access to our great shops and restaurants while docked at the Wharf”.
Events & Happenings:
The 2020 Leonardtown Summer Music Festival
The 2020 Leonardtown Summer Music Festival is coming! Stay tuned for a big announcement about the upcoming season!
The 20th Annual Earth Day on the Square & the 50th Anniversary of National Earth Day
We're celebrating the 20th Anniversary of this beloved annual event. Join us on Sunday, April 19th in Leonardtown Square & Wharf from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for the The 20th Annual Earth Day on the Square. The event features recycling, gardening, land and sea conservation, animal rescue, waterman boat tours and more.
Wednesday, April 2, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Earth Day Commemoration. This special occasion will be celebrated in Leonardtown with a Tree Planting Ceremony. More details coming soon. We hope you will join us for these very special events.
A Farewell & a New Beginning:
Big Larry's Eatery will Close its Doors:
It's with sadness that we share that Big Larry's Eatery (www.facebook.com/biglarryseatery) will be closing its doors. Long-time owner and beloved member of the community, Larry Rhodes, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2020. The family has operated the restaurant and comic book/novelty shop since his passing using Big Larry's popular recipes. The restaurant will officially close up shop with a Grand Finale event on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Come out for one last meal followed up with returning fan favorite flavors of Premium Hershey's ice cream.
Please note that food and ice cream will be CASH ONLY!
Foundation for Heroes will be on hand collecting clothing donations for homeless Veterans, abuse victims and children in need from
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and thousands of $1 comic books will be on sale during the event as well.
Join us one last time to support Big Larry and his Team.