River Bay Roadhouse opened in September of 2010 when Arnold resident Mother and Son restrauteurs Pat and Daniel Miller converted the former Bella’s Restaurant to the new steak-and-seafood family restaurant.
The Miller family, who built their home in Cape St. Claire in 1964, had close ties to the old Bella’s. “Danny was named there,” says his mother and partner, Pat. “His father left the hospital to have a beer at Bella’s with his brother. They were talking about names when the juke box played Danny Boy.”
That’s it, the brother said.
After Danny had grown up and Bella’s changed, he felt the Cape still needed a good family restaurant.
Pat’s story resumes: “He said to me I want to open a new business. Could you lend me some money. As it was a restaurant, he wanted more than a couple dollars, so of course I had to get involved,” she says.
With seating for up to 178 people, Riverbay is decorated with rustic wood paneling and assorted memorabilia, including a working juke box. There are flat-screen televisions throughout and a sports bar with plenty of seating, Keno, full menu and late-night live entertainment Thursday thru Saturday.
The menu has been tweaked over the past year and has drawn rave reviews locally for its features of steak, ribs, crab cakes, grilled chicken, fresh salads, homemade burgers, sandwiches, wraps and delicious soups. Signature items include the crab pretzel, barbeque ribs, and fresh Maryland crab cakes. A kids’ menu features a half dozen items. Fresh steamed local crabs were a big hit last summer, and they will return again this summer.
Nightly specials include Mom's Homemade Meatloaf Mondays, Tuesday Fajita Night, Wednesday Burger Night, Thursday Rib Night, Fish Fry Fridays and Chefs Specials on Saturday and Sunday.
1374 Cape Saint Claire Rd., Annapolis, (410) 757-2919, www.riverbayroadhouse.com
Article Courtesy: Bay Weekly