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What’s the Buzz in West County?

Aug 01, 2011 04:55PM ● By Anonymous

After years of success in the catering business, a local chef has begun a new venture in the Crofton/Gambrills area. Chef Zachary Pope of Roundz Catering plans to open Roundz Gourmet Market in mid-October on the corner of Route 3 and Johns Hopkins Road. The market will serve multiple purposes, including offering prepared foods for both carry-out and café dining, specialty foods, a venue for meetings and events, and cooking classes for all levels.

“I want to raise food awareness and open discussions on how to prepare foods and how to enjoy different foods,” Pope says. “At Roundz Gourmet Market, I can do this through cooking classes as well as good old fashioned across-the-counter chat.” Pope has designed the market, which is currently under construction, around an “open kitchen” concept that allows customers and employees to have an open discussion about the products, techniques, and ideas.

If you’re still trying to figure out where this new market will be located, it’s across Route 3 from where the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre (also referred to as Village South at Waugh Chapel) plans to open in spring 2012. West County foodies have been antsy for years as the plans, which include a Wegman’s grocery store, slogged through red tape. However, we’re happy to report that construction is under way, and you should be able to shop at the upscale grocer within the year. Also slated currently for the Towne Centre are a handful of fast-food restaurants, such as Subway, Qdoba, and Panera Bread.

In other news, passengers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport have a new option for where to dine while waiting for their flight. Instead of paying premium prices for a meal at a restaurant, you can now pay $17.95 for access to the new Airspace Lounge, which provides you with complimentary food and beverages, such as breakfast items and sandwiches, iced teas and sodas, along with free WiFi and plenty of power outlets to charge that laptop or cell phone. There is also a full-service bar available for an additional fee. The BWI lounge is Airspace’s first location, but the company has plans to expand to additional airports—it just might give you solace if you’re subject to an extra-long layover on your next vacation.