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New restaurants to explore in the new year [Clarksville]

As 2017 came to a close, a new option for local dining opened its doors. Food Plenty, an American comfort-food restaurant, served its first meal on Dec. 26. Located in the Clarksville Commons town center on Route 108, the much-anticipated restaurant is initially offering dinner daily beginning at 5 p.m. The Marriner family, owners of the new venture, intend to transition gradually to breakfast and lunch service after the soft opening. Plans to accept reservations and to make take-out meals available are also in the works.

“We’re extremely excited to finally be in Clarksville. Food Plenty has been years in the making and my family can’t wait to share it with everyone,” said owner Randy Marriner.

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Food Plenty’s menu, developed by Corporate Executive Chef Chad Wells, features traditional and modern comfort-food made from scratch. Ingredients are locally-sourced whenever possible, including herbs and vegetables from the Marriners’ working farm, Manor Hill Farm in Ellicott City.

Food Plenty is the third restaurant from Victoria Restaurant Group, which is a family affair. The Marriners’ oldest daughter, Rachael, is the chief financial officer, and their youngest daughter, Tori, is the chief experience officer. In 2007, they opened Victoria Gastro Pub and followed it up in 2017 with the launch of Manor Hill Tavern in Old Ellicott City. Learn more about Food Plenty at foodplenty.com.

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If you made a resolution to try more local restaurants in 2018, check out the Dandelion Bakery Bistro in Glenelg and Lib’s Grill in Maple Lawn. Both establishments opened their doors in 2017. Dandelion Bakery Bistro owner and chef Keith Watson utilizes his extensive cooking experience to offer up a creative selection of appetizers and entrees. Watson’s daughter, Gabby, who is the pastry chef. Learn more at dandelionbakerybistro.com.

Lib’s Grill opened its second location in Maple Lawn on Dec. 29, following up on its success in Perry Hall. The neighborhood grills are sister restaurants to the family-owned and operated Liberatore’s Italian restaurants of Baltimore. Lib’s Grill of Maple Lawn offers steaks, seafood and a variety of oysters. Lib’s plans to participate in Howard County Restaurant Week, from Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, a great opportunity to check out new dining spots. Learn more at libsgrill.com.

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