Back in 2005, a manager at the
It would be easy to chalk the claim up to hyperbole, exaggeration or the inexperience of a possibly not-so-worldly coffee shop manager, but anyone who has done a little research on the subject knows the claim is far from wild. Going back years before that, Marriott, the food service giant that has the restaurant contract for the Maryland House and many other rest stops across the country, also confirmed the
In recent years, the number of people stopping at the facility over the extended Thanksgiving weekend approaches the 100,000 mark, which is fairly astonishing considering Harford County's population is only roughly 250,000. While the place is particularly busy on holiday weekends, and especially Thanksgiving weekend, anyone who has visited can attest there are customers there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It has all the hustle, albeit on a smaller scale, of a city the size of New York, Philadelphia or
Starting this week and continuing for about a year, all of that will come to an abrupt halt.
The Maryland House, as it turns out, is worn out from all those travelers stopping for gas, food and a little break from the driving. It is to be part of a $56 million reconstruction project, which also will involve the Chesapeake House in
Though the state is paying for the multimillion dollar renovation project for the two travel plazas, it expects to more than make up the cost. When the Maryland House opens anew in 2013, new franchise eateries will be operating on-site, ranging from Pizza Hut to