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52, CAlGFriday, Mmh 13 - .Marh:19, 1998 Rehoboth restaurants on the move Pizzas By Elizabeth's opening this spring; Pantry changes hands By Jen gUingsworth As the days get longer and spring draws near, the signs of the upcoming season are evident in downtown Rehoboth Beach. Typ- ically the time of year when busi- ness owners begin to gear up for the season ahead, March is clearly the start of the annual business boom. While many are familiar faces, a couple of new neighbors have moved into town. Pizza By Elizabeth's opening for Easter weekend Pizza By Elizabeth's is under- going the finishing touches on its new location in the first block of Baltimore Avenue. The longtime site of Silk & Sands Florist and, more recently, Granny's Discount Outlet, the for- mer building was razed last year amid controversy over its histori- cal merit. The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission, though, re- ported March 9 that it was pleased with the appearance of the new building and feels that it fits in well with the streetscape. The restaurant, which will seat 140 in its casual setting, is the sec- ond of its kind. The original Pizza By Elizabeth's opened in Greenville almost five years ago. Although it's new to Rehoboth Beach, the owners of the business are no strangers to the area. "I've been coming to Rehoboth since I was 3," said Betty Snyder, who co-owns Pizza By Eliza- beth's with Betsy La Roy. "We think Rehoboth's a great place and it's definitely getting more year-round business." She said many Rehoboth Beach locals have already visited the up- state version of the restaurant when they heard it planned to open at the shore. Snyder said the signature dish of the establishment are its gourmet pizzas. Made from scratch and baked in a brick oven, the pizzas come in two sizes and are prepared "California style," an "anything goes" philosophy that excludes virtually no topping. Elizabeth's patrons will be able to personalize their pizzas with any of the 60 toppings, or choose from their menu of preset combination pizzas. Pierre's Pantry changes hands in Rehoboth After only one visit to the area, out-of-towners Nancy Cleveland and Kitty Watson became locals. Cleveland and Watson are the new owners of the former Pierre's Pantry, located at 28 Wilmington Ave. Upon visiting the area over Thanksgiving last year, both women fell in love with the area - and with the downtown business - at first sight. Jen EIIingsworth photos The former Pierre's Pantry on Wilmington Avenue in Re- hoboth Beach has changed hands. The new owners, shown (l- r) Nancy Cleveland, Kitty Watson and employee Ron Ulrich, reopened the business this week as The Pantry. Below is Pizzas by Elizabeth's on Baltimore Avenue, which is slated to open Easter Weekend. "We came to Rehoboth just once, this past Thanksgiving," said Nancy, a native of the east coast of Scotland with a notice- able accent. "The people here are great. At first, we were looking at buying a house. Then, we noticed this business for sale and talked with the agent about it." After seeing the business just the one time, from the outside, Nancy and Kitty decided buying the Pantry would be their next step. After being closed for just one week following the settle- ment, Nancy and Kitty reopened the business under a new name, The Pantry, this week. They purchased the business from chef/owner Peter Wise, who opened Pierre's Pantry in 1989. Both women have goals in mind for the future of the business. While the staple items on the menu at the Pantry, including bagels, muffins, sandwiches, cof- fee and tea, will remain the same, they said they'd like to add on to what's already proved successful. "We're going to add to it [the menu], and not subtract," said Angle Moon photo Nancy. "We're going to wait until the people tell us what they want." Future goals Nancy and Kitty said they'd like to achieve include the addition of a "cyber caf6," a small section of the dining area with work stations dedicated to computers, complete with outlets for laptop users to plug into the In- ternet. They said they'll post sign-up sheets for anyone interest- ed in planning evening events such as cribbage, scrabble, chess or backgammon tournaments. They'd also like to add theme nights with special dishes and maybe some live entertainment. They both said their ultimate goal is to fill a niche and strengthen the community. "If you have what the public is interested in, they'll be there to participate," said Nancy. "I've al- ways said, 'If it's not there, do something about it. We want to be a meeting place for the com- munity. Even if it's just for some dessert and coffee and to meet some new people, we'll be here." For more information about The Pantry, call 227-7537. Locals go online with 'Chat Delmarva' DelMarVa OnLine! and DMV.COM, have completed their latest ven- ture, Chat Delmarva, the first chat service developed exclusively for residents of the Delmarva-Eastern Shore area. Along with Beach to the Bay Interactive Map, Market Street and the local Internet business director, Chat Delmarva is an interactive outlet for communication and information on the peninsula. Users can discuss local issues, meet new friends and share information on common inter- ests. 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