THE HARRIS FAMILY and CHESAPEAKE BAY SEAFOOD Part3

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zscan0005Courtesy Harris Family

The week before the announced March 1991 grand opening of the new Harris Crab House and Seafood Restaurant at Kent Narrows in Grasonville, Maryland, the Harris family decided to just put a small sign out front and quietly open for an understated test run.

“And,” Karen Harris Oertel told me in a recent interview, “we opened to a crowd you wouldn’t believe. I thought I’d have a heart attack. We had a wait and hadn’t even opened yet. With all of us there, I think things went as smooth as they could, but we spent that following week preparing for lots of business.”

“When we wanted to tear down Kent Seafood (where her grandfather Holton Harris’ seafood packing house was) and build that new restaurant, our dad did not think it was a good idea,” Karen said. “He did not agree. A year later he had a…

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