Couple taking over Encore by Cal Bitner


A well-known Finksburg restaurant officially changed hands yesterday after the Carroll County Board of License Commissioners approved the transfer of a Class B Beer, Wine and Liquor license.

Maria and Robert Bardelman purchased Encore by Cal Bitner as a business in early October from Calvin and Robin Buettner. The license will allow them to sell beer, wine and liquor for consumption on the property seven days a week.

"I've had it for 18 years," Mr. Buettner said of the restaurant on Route 140. "It's probably time to move on. But everything will stay the same after we leave. It's one of the better places in Carroll County."

The Bardelmans told the board they have been learning the business since Oct. 1. The couple, who previously lived in Olney, decided to buy the restaurant after Mr. Bardelman was injured on his former job as a contractor.

Mr. and Mrs. Bardelman, who are now living in the house next to the restaurant, will work at Encore full time, they said.

"We've been working it as if it were our own place," said Mrs. Bardelman, whose parents owned two restaurants in Baltimore. She and her first husband also owned several restaurants, including the Astor in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Bardelman told the board.

"I did the office work, was the hostess, I bused when we needed someone to bus [tables] and was a waitress when we needed someone to waitress," she said. "I even translated for the cooks who spoke Greek."

The Bardelmans -- who are leasing the restaurant building and land from the Buettners -- intend to keep essentially the same menu and floor plan, they said yesterday. The Bardelmans intend to purchase the property in five years, they said.

"With the specials on Wednesdays, I might add some Greek dishes," Mrs. Bardelman said. "But that's just because I'm Greek."

In other business:

* The board approved the addition of Stanley Goldberg to the Class B Beer, Wine and Liquor license for Goucho's Mexican-American Restaurant in the Carrolltown Center.

The restaurant's liquor license has been suspended since June when board members discovered the owner, David Goldberg, did not live in Carroll County. Maryland law requires at least one person on a liquor license to reside in the county where the business is located.

At that time, board members agreed not to revoke the license if David Goldberg would incorporate his business and make his father, Stanley Goldberg of Eldersburg, a partner and resident licensee.

Board members also noted this is David Goldberg's only violation in 12 years of running Goucho's.

* Board members approved a new Class B Beer, Wine and Liquor license for Kevin F. and Carol J. Candrilli of Sykesville for KC's Cafe on Liberty Road.

Mr. Candrilli told the board his experience included being executive chef for the former Willow Inn in Eldersburg, and working at the Marriott Inner Harbor and the Hilton in Savannah, Ga.

* Members gave conditional approval to Shawn Connacher, Evangelos Epitropakis and Richard Nevin for The Stables restaurant in Westminster.

The owners -- who have gutted and renovated the former Os and Ginny's on Main Street -- must notify the board when they open, operate as a restaurant for 90 days and present an affidavit that they have fulfilled all the board's requirements before they can obtain their license.

Carroll County regulations require that a restaurant be open for 90 days before the applicant can receive a liquor license.

Mr. Connacher told the board he intends to open the restaurant around Christmas.

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