New local businesses set up shop in downtown Berlin
BERLIN, Md. – The pandemic doesn’t seem to be slowing things down in Berlin. A new restaurant recently opened downtown and two other small businesses are set to open their doors soon.
Boxcar on Main is now open at 104 North Main Street and it’s owned by the same owners of Boxcar40 in Pittsville but this location features a brick oven. Meanwhile, The Rusty Anchor Seafood Market is set to open early this year at 8 Pitts Street. That business will offer fresh seafood as well as “take and bake” items, soups, sauces, spices, dry goods and more. That spot is coming from the creators of the Flying Fish Café and Rusty Jimmies.
Berlin officials say they’re excited to have more locally owned businesses downtown. “Most of the shops and restaurants are actually owned by people that live in Berlin. It’s a feeling that you have. People want to be part of that and I think that’s what the draw is to open a businesses or restaurant here in the middle of the pandemic,” says Ivy Wells, the Economic and Community Development Director for Downtown Berlin.
Broad Street Station will also be opening downtown in the spring. That restaurant is by the owners of OCM Crabs in Ocean City. Ivy Wells credits the success of downtown to all of the business owners who have embraced change during the pandemic.