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After 42 years, Cindy Crooks retires from The Retreat

— “I love The Retreat, I love my customers and I love my job,” Cindy says. “And I have to say thank you to John Gormel. We’ve both seen tremendous growth for the restaurant since those early days in the 1970s.”

Gull gearing up

Now everybody’s asking, “When is the Barking Gull going to open?”

Last week, Adam Gormel showed me around the place at 116 S. Willow St., and it’s coming along slowly but surely.

“We don’t want to rush into anything," Adam said. “We want to do it right!”

The gorgeous Italianate wood-fired pizza over has been installed, rotisseries are in place for broiled chicken, and the upstairs outdoor bar is ready to quench thirsts.

Expect the Gormels to throw the Gull’s doors open to the public sometime in July. For most of the past decade, it functioned strictly as a venue for private parties.

Patio performers

Back at The Retreat, you know it’s summer when they’re rocking on the patio.

Last Saturday, June 15, the Bob Lyna Trio laid down some solid grooves on tunes from The Band, The Beatles, Buddy Holly and Bruce Springsteen. The Lyna three return on July 6.

Other upcoming patio performers include The Noisy Boys on Saturday, June 22; Jamie Notarthomas on Sunday, June 23; Frenay & Lenin on Tuesday, June 25; the Prime Time Trio Wednesday, June 26; Dave Hawthorne June 30; and Michael Crissan on July 1.

For info, visit retreatrestaurant.com, or call 457-6358.

Sweet Carolina!

Congratulations to longtime Retreat barmaid Angel Mauro and her fiancé, Dan Walker!

The happy couple is tying the knot this Saturday, June 22, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. How sweet it is!

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