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The Carriage House to celebrate liquor license

By Staff | Nov 19, 2010

The Carriage House Cafe at 107 S. Princes Street is having a grand opening today from noon to 9 p.m. in celebration of receiving its liquor license.

The Carriage House Cafe, which opened its doors in November 2007, is a traditional English tea room and cafe. Some of the food on the menu reflects traditional British dishes, such as Fish and Chips and Bangers and Mash. Traditional American dishes are also offered.

Built in 1900 to construct and repair horse drawn carriages, the Carriage House Cafe is located in the heart of Shepherdstown and is a block away from the historic Entler hotel and the town’s main street. Robert Myers and Carolyn Robel-Litack own the Carriage House Cafe.

The cafe that the building is located in served a variety of occupants including an interior decorator, a mortgage lender and an artist. Through the years, the owners have taken care to preserve its historic look and feel.

“Patrons notice the wood-beamed ceiling that held the block and tackle to raise the carriage chassis and the wide doorway which rolled open to allow carriages to exit,” Robel-Litack said. “What you may not see, however, is the ghost of one previous owner who, occupants claim, wanders about at all hours.”

The Carriage House Cafe is also a place for local artist to show their work. Each month a local artist is highlighted.

“As you open the door to the Carriage House Cafe, you can delight in the art that lines the walls all done by artists of the Eastern Panhandle. It’s a place to show varied and imaginative collection showcasing a wealth of local talent,” Robel-Litack said.

This month Mike Austin’s work is on display.

Every third Tuesday a British Ladies Night is held. Tea, wine and snacks are served.

For the cafe’s grand opening, a wine tasting will take place today from noon to 3 p.m.

There will also be live music. Paul Pfau and the Hell Boys will perform tonight. Exotic Groove will perform tomorrow, Nov. 20.