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Atlantic Grille Set to Open in VOU

Atlantic Grille Manager Peter Klisas says he plans to open his casual American dining establishment in late January 2011 in the former New York J & P Pizza restaurant on John Simmons Street in Villages of Urbana.

“We’ve got a number of renovations to do, and we’ve got to get our liquor license and buy some new equipment, but hopefully by the end of January we will be ready to go,” said Klisas, who signed the lease just last month.

The new dining experience, with a menu consisting of a variety of seafood and steak, is being billed as a modern version of Callahan’s Restaurant and Lounge, a popular family-owned restaurant on Rosemont Avenue in Frederick for more than a decade known for its crab cakes. For more information, visit: atlanticgrilleurbana.com.

Three Frederick Businesses Honored for County Contributions

The Frederick County Business Development Advisory Council and the Office of Economic Development (OED) recognized three Frederick County companies who have made a significant impact on Frederick County’s economy. Also, four business incubator companies were honored for graduating from the Frederick Innovative Technology Center.

The 2010 Frederick County Innovative Firm of the Year was presented to VOLT restaurant. VOLT helped to position Frederick County as a culinary tourism destination and is a major supporter of Frederick’s local agriculture community, according to an OED press release.

The 2010 Frederick County Creative Firm of the Year was presented to Acela Technologies, Inc. Acela was touted as an award-winning company for its creative business practices and providing integrated IT solutions to help businesses develop their technical processes for competitiveness, profitability and growth.

The 2010 Frederick County Emerging Markets Firm of the Year was presented to Stulz Air Technology Systems, Inc. The award was given to Stulz for the company’s forward thinking and expanded business line, manufacturing a product for data centers that reduces energy and costs.

Biaera Technologies, CynerGene, WGS Systems and ThoughtQuest were presented with certificates for graduating from the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Frederick’s business incubator.

Economic Outlook 2011 Symposium Date Set

The 7th Annual Economic Symposium, sponsored by the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, is scheduled for Jan. 11 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. The event will feature Jeffery Lacker, chief executive of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank.

Black Hog BBQ to Open Doors in Urbana

Black Hog BBQ, now in Downtown Frederick, is opening a second location in Urbana in the Urbana Village Center next to Buffalo Wild Wings.

The restaurant is planning on opening in May and will offer a barbeque-style menu. The Urbana location is larger than the Frederick restaurant with 2,600 square feet.

“We were looking to expand to a little larger area that was community-oriented. Urbana was perfect,” said Mike Matusek, marketing director.

Urbana Realtor Wins Maryland Realtor of the Year

Maryland Real Estate Group Realtor and Urbana resident Marla Johnson was named this year’s Maryland Realtor of the Year by the Maryland Association of Realtors.

Johnson has been in the real estate business since 1988 and has served on a variety of state and county real estate organizations.

“This is a great career to help people. I love helping people and being honest and fair,” Johnson said.

The Maryland Realtor of the Year honor recognizes a Realtor who has made substantial contributions to the local community, shows a commitment to improving the industry and participates in realtor organizations on local, state and national levels.

Johnson is a mediator for the Maryland Association of Realtors, president of the Rotary Club of Fredericktowne, a member of the Maryland Real Estate Commission Board of Directors, and a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations within the community.

“It is very humbling to get this award,” she said. “I do things because I want to do them and I am fortunate to be able to give back.”

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