Today, Charlestown residents and staff gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of one of its signature dining venues, the Shortline Café.
Located in the community's recently updated Cross Creek Station, the Shortline Café is named for Catonsville's historic Short Line railroad, which began service in 1884. The Catonsville Short Line shuttled both people and freight between Catonsville and the mainline tracks of the Baltimore & Potomac (later Pennsylvania) Railroad for decades before ending operation in 1972, due to competition from streetcar lines.
This local heritage features prominently in the restaurant's décor as well as its menu, which includes several items named for locations that the Short Line passed through and long-standing businesses along its route. Diners will enjoy fast casual service for lunch and dinner in a newly streamlined layout with additional seating for residents and their guests.
"I am so excited for residents to enjoy all that the new Shortline has to offer," said Nathan Blumberg, Charlestown's Associate Executive Director. "Charlestown has always been proud to offer fabulous dining for our residents, and the Shortline continues to enhance those options with delicious and healthy meals to fuel our community's active lifestyle. I look forward to gathering with friends and neighbors over a shared meal at the Shortline soon."
The Shortline's Executive Chef, Paul Brewer, has created a versatile menu that incorporates many of Charlestown residents' favorite dishes, such as the sautéed salmon, Philly sandwich, classic burger and turkey club, along with some creative additions to meet the evolving tastes of today's seniors. Handspun milkshakes and house-smoked meats, including bacon, pastrami and corned beef will be among the exciting new offerings.
"We are thrilled to reveal the new and improved Shortline Café to the community," said Aida Blanco, Director of Dining Services at Charlestown, "Thanks to Chef Paul, who is incredibly creative, our residents will be able to enjoy everything from a simple cup of soup to a made-to-order meal featuring fresh, house-made ingredients. He and his amazing team are excited to be back together and look forward to serving our residents in this beautiful new space."
The restaurant will officially open for service on Monday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m.