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Aim is to honor daily those who serve in uniform

By NICOLE CLARK

Staff writer

Old Glory is strung high in the center of the room. To the right hangs the Navy flag. Old black and white photos honor the Lexington Park and Leonardtown rescue squads. Those images share walls with singed helmets from the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department.

Mission BBQ, which plans to open to the public Monday in San Souci Plaza, is set up to honor military service members, police, firefighters and others who put on uniforms and protect others.

“Every day at noon we stop what we’re doing,” said Danielle Smith. Cooks won’t stir and cashiers don’t ring because “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played.

Today, Friday, the restaurant will host an event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Reservations by email are required. All of the proceeds will go to the warrior project.

Earlier this week, the restaurant also scheduled events to raise funds for a national association of fallen firefighters and for the Shop with a Cop program, which helps children buy gifts for Christmas.

“I know that I’m in the right place,” said James G. Bloomer III, a manager at Mission BBQ and a corpsman in the Navy Reserves. Turkey, brisket, pulled pork and chicken are smoked every night. The restaurant doesn’t keep a freezer or microwave in the building to prove to patrons that their food is fresh. But, he said, “that comes second to what we stand for and what we embrace.”

This will be the third Mission BBQ. The others are closer to Baltimore in Glen Burnie and Perry Hall. The California location, Smith said, will be the closest to a military base.

“I can’t wait until we open,” she said. “It’s going to be awesome.”

nclark@somdnews.com