|Posted on June 1, 2011 at 3:45 AM|
The below article was in the recent Maryland Independent.
Ribs, hot rods parking at Randy’s - again
Randy’s Ribs set to open next month in La Plata
By PAUL S. WARNER, Staff writer Staff photo by EMILY BARNES
Mark Ryon (left), and Randy Keeton stand by the sign at what will soon be The New Twin Kiss in La Plata. They are renovating the restaurant and also will give the sign a makeover. More News Huntingtown wins state track title St. Mary’s delegate says JSF could be cancelled New principals named at St. Mary's schools One dead in Charles County crashEducators say thanks, but more money needed advertisement A local favorite ribs and barbecue restaurant is coming back to the La Plata area.
Randy’s Ribs, which operated in the former Twin Kiss building off U.S. 301 near Stagecoach Road from 2001 to 2004, will open in La Plata around the first week of June revamped with leather booths, hot-rod themed spaces and its classic barbecued ribs.
Randy Keeton, the owner of Randy’s Ribs, said the restaurant also will include seafood choices such as crabs and shrimp courtesy of J&S Seafood. Keeton said steak and breakfast choices will be available to customers at the new restaurant. Ice cream also will be served.
The restaurant is applying for a beer and wine license.
Motorcycle and car shows also will come back to Randy’s Ribs as East Coast Pro Streets is joining the restaurant to display motorcycles and hot rods in the parking lot for customer viewing every Friday.
In addition, Keeton said he will be looking to expand the parking lot to accommodate more spaces for cars.
Keeton said the restaurant’s current location in Hughesville will continue to operate as normal.
Renovations for the new Randy’s Ribs location began after Keeton bought property that previously housed the Twin Kiss restaurant two months ago.
Keeton said the previous owner of Twin Kiss, Santos Patak, moved to Washington state.
Twin Kiss restaurant, which had operated in La Plata since 1959, outlived the Twin Kiss franchise but now has moved on as well.
The renovations for Randy’s Ribs will bring new floors, new bathrooms, decorated walls and the rebuilding of an ice cream room that dates back to 1950, Keeton said.
Keeton saw the opportunity for more business in La Plata given the town’s increased population and the restaurant’s popularity when it used to be in the area.
“When I was in La Plata the first time, the locals were good to me,” Keeton said.
After the restaurant opens, Keeton said he wants to build an addition onto the building that will provide space for 75 more customers to eat his barbecue dishes.
The current building can hold between 60 and 70 customers.
Upon hearing of a new Randy’s Ribs in La Plata, some of its regular customers looked forward to the additional Randy’s Ribs restaurant.
Mark McLeod of Hollywood said he liked the idea of a new location, “as long as the food is the same.”
Melissa Thompson, a resident of Pomfret, also was happy to hear of the new location opening up.
“Their food is really good,” she said.
Keeton said he intends the new restaurant to be a comfortable place for families to gather, where people can eat a variety of foods and have a good time in a local place.
Keeton wanted to thank all of the partners involved with getting the new Randy’s Ribs location up and running, including Mark Ryon, who helped with the acquisition of the property, J&S Seafood and East Coast Pro Streets.