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52- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday,:Augast22 - Augu 28, I997 plans to relocateTaste of Heaven; expand as Caf00 +Heaven By Dennis Forney stands now where the second one natural and abstract works of art, Caf6 Heaven for several vehicles, Heaven serves cappuccinos and Chef Bill Raney recently pur- chased a two century-old building on Savannah Road in Lewes where he plans to relocate, expand and rename his Taste Of Heaven restaurant and gourmet deli- catessen. "The restaurant's going to grow up a little and become Caf6 Heav- en," said Raney. "We will be moving into the old house at 107 Savannah Road where we plan to keep our casual lunch menu but add an eclectic and international upscale-to-medium-priced dinner menu. We're in the process now of applying for the necessary per- mits and are looking at a Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day - opening. That's also my birthday so I'm hoping it will be a nice present." -The building Raney and his fa,- ther purchased for Caf6 Heaven, according to Lewes historian Hazel Brittingham, arrived in Lewes in 1825 after being moved from the Robert Burton Farm near St. George's Chapel. "At one time there were three houses in a row on Savannah Road that had been moved from that farm," said Brittingham. "J.B. Walsh restored one of them (directly opposite the end of Sec- ond Street), an apartment building stood, and then there, s the one that Bill Raney's purchased. At one time, the three buildings were known as Kent, Sussex and New Castle but I don't know why." A History of Lewes prepared by the Col. David Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revo- lution indicates that the buildings were constructed in about 1776. "I plan to keep the homey feel of the house inside where there will be seats for about 40 people., said Raney. "And there will also be seating on the porch and bistro style tables and chairs in the front yard with a Victorian salad gar- den. Visibility will have to be opened up some because it's a bit of a secret now, nestled between the Vesuvio Motel and Schooner Inn apartment building. But I think it will be nice for Lewes to have outside dining in a garden at- mosphere. There will be either a trellis or an awning over that out- side area." Murals planned inside Two artists will join Raney to paint the interior walls of Caf Heaven with wall murals in a trompe l'oeil style of painting [ob- jects depicted in photographically realistic detail] along with ori.'ginal Dennis Forney photo Bill Raney stands outside the 107 Savannah Road house he has purchased and plans to open as Caf6 Heaven in February of 1998. DSHA gives grant to home repair fund The Delaware State Housing Authority recently announced the ap- proval of a $189,000 grant to the Emergency Home Repair Program ad- ministered by the First State Resource Conservation & Development Council. The grant was made possible from the state's Housing Devel- opment Fund, which funds various affordable housing incentives. The Emergency Home Repair Program provides housing rehabilita- tion services to low-income homeowners in Kent and Sussex Counties with each family-in-need providing labor or financial assistance accord- ing to its means. For more information or to apply for housing rehabili- tation assistance, call 856-7761. 'q'he ceilings in the main dining area will reinforce the 'heaven' theme of the restaurant," said Raney, "with clouds and an even- tual transition to heavenly figures in another room. We'll also have lots of plants for a natural appear- ance." As for the dinner menu, Raney plans to feature authentic regional dishes from around the world. "I traveled a lot when I was growing up. The dishes we serve will come from foods I've researched and experienced in travels around the world - everything from French to Asian to Italian to African to Middle Eastern. Caf Heaven's other chef, Robert Hearn, will continue to specialize as a 'gardemanger' - which mean a cook who prepares cold foods such as patts, salads and things like centerpieces for catering." There will be parking behind said Raney, who added that he would eventually like to live in an apartment upstairs above the restaurant. A graduate of the International Baltimore Culinary Arts Institute, Raney served as executive chef at Rehoboth Beach Country Club prior to opening Taste of Heaven in 1995. In addition to catering, Taste of bagels as well as specialty sand- wiches, cheeses, salads for eating in or taking out. Raney said his new Caf6 Heaven location will of- fer more of a place where people can pick up take-out orders and catering items. 'q'he new location will finally allow me to realize my dream of having a complete restaurant and catering business," said Raney. :26-2110 That is, unless you have a Rate Enhancer CD from County Bank. Who +a you don't get a mrxxtd chance? With the gate CD from GamtT Bank, you get a great intetmt mt to begin wirk Then, ffthat tart talm a mm for the better, 0u have tl'le option to "etthan and lock in at ttte higher rate! And your rote cam Im enlmtv nm cmcm, but twice, h's easy. Jmt invest $$,000 or mint, thin m latck and wamh wur nmt . Our 2 to 5 year Ra Enhancer CD is FDIC ltmtred up to $100,000. Just another great lnvemmat Immmiw   hom County Beak MBJfJil ounty i ! I