Seibel’s Restaurant in Maryland Closes – NBC4 Washington
For more than eight decades, a roadside restaurant in Burtonsville, Maryland has been a popular destination for diners. Sunday this tradition will end.
The current owner of Seibel’s Restaurant and UpTown Pub said the establishment was sold to the owners of another restaurant just down Columbia Pike, run by another family with close ties to Burtonsville. It will reopen – with a new name and a new menu.
“It’s bittersweet, people you will definitely miss,” owner Karen Leach said at their last Sunday brunch.
She took over Seibel’s after the death of her father, who took it over from the original owners in the 1970s.
“[My] sister and I both went to college and said, “We’re never going to work here and you can’t do us,” Leach said. She thinks their father would be proud of the way things turned out.
Client Bruce McKay described Seibel’s as “a place like home” with a friendly environment. The homemade pies and ice cream are reminiscent of the restaurant’s past as a dairy and a time when old Columbia Pike was a one-lane road.
Tom Souder said he hadn’t been to the restaurant for 30 years, but had just come with his family on their last day.
“My dad and I, my uncles, everyone in our family worked in construction and we came here every morning for breakfast,” said Souder.
For some, the announcement of the closure came as a shock.
“We said to ourselves: ‘What! How can you do this to us? Said client Adeigh Bynum.
Leach said it was about reflecting on her father’s wise words: “Your ultimate challenge will be knowing when to step away. Especially in the past two years, the facility has faced challenges such as the pandemic, staff shortages and the supply chain.
Leach plans to close the doors for the last time with his employees.
“A lot of them have been with me for 20, 25 years, so they’re going to hang on with me and we’ll drink all the way to the bar,” she said with a laugh.
Well done to 82, Seibel.