So what about that old Riverdale Restaurant?
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Linda J. Anderkin wants to know what will be built on the site of the long-gone Riverdale Restaurant, located at 143 Inverness Road alongside the Magothy River. The long and short answer is that the restaurant site's future remains uncertain almost seven years to the day after a three-alarm fire destroyed the popular Severna Park seafood eatery.
At one point the property's developer, Chuck Converse of Converse Builders and Developers Inc. of Severna Park, was exploring options to build townhomes on the site. When issues with permits arose, Converse rethought the project. The plan going forward is for a mixed-use structure that better suits the commercial zoning.
"It will feature office space on the first floor and two to three residences above," said Converse. "Right now we're basically waiting out the economy."
Charles Vane's parents, Allen and Margaret Vane, were the original owners and operators, dating back to 1952. They sold in 1961. Subsequently their son and daughter-in-law Delores bought the property in 1980 and ran the establishment until their retirement in 2003.
The former restaurant's address is in the Severna Park zip code.