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First Look: The New Universal Cafe

Get the scoop on the newest restaurant to open in Perry Hall, straight from the owner Patrick Leonard.

The new Universal Cafe at 9533 Belair Road in Perry Hall. (Credit: Universal Cafe)
The new Universal Cafe at 9533 Belair Road in Perry Hall. (Credit: Universal Cafe)
Name: Patrick Leonard

Title: Owner

Open Date: Dec. 1

Hours of Operation: Tuesday thru Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. Also private parties anytime.

Perry Hall Patch: What is your experience in the restaurant business? 

Patrick Leonard: I am a native of Baltimore, worked in food service and restaurants since I was 14. I was the general manager for the Rusty Scupper Restaurants for many years. I try to incorporate healthy food options in all of my menus. I also own Universal Catering and Events, where the motto is "Feast your body, mind and spirit." My head chef is Chef Kathleen Brewer, she graduated from culinary school, she is fantastic and has years of experience.

PHP: What is new and what has stayed from Kidz Part-eeze?

PL: We have created an atmosphere of comfort and warmth, through a more adult-themed decor. The games are suited more for "tweens" to adults. The arcade games, Xbox, Wii and PS3, along with the karaoke have all stayed. The menu has changed for sure. Affordable, different, healthy, and not so healthy items are on the menu now.

PHP: What new things can Perry Hall residents find at Universal Cafe? 

PL: We are in the midst of getting rid of the "Barney" look inside and out. This will help to keep Perry Hall a bit more beautiful than it was with the "Barney" look. There are foods that will not be found in another restaurant in the area. Parents can sit in the cafe, enjoy real food and have the kids play in the arcade and not have to worry about giving the kids tons of money as the games are all free play. Perry Hall residents will find an affordable restaurant, with great food and healthy options and a place the kids will have a blast at the same time.

PHP: Anything else you would like people know about Universal Cafe?

PL: We do catering at our two locations as well as at private homes and many other venues around baltimore. Our website is www.bmoreuniversal.com.

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