Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Dinner at the Maryland Cafe

In 1940 people from Delmar may have wandered down to Salisbury on East Main street and ate at the Maryland cafe.
Located in the Majestic Hotel it was the latest of a series of restaurants Ralph White owned or managed.

Ralph Kimmey White (1893-1943) had been in food sales or restaurant business since he was a teenager.  The son of Oliver and Bessie Fetcher White he had sold fish in Salisbury as a teenager, later he was active in the White House Restaurant on Dock street (Market St) in Salisbury.  From there he moved on to the Taylor Grill and Ralph's Restaurant.  In 1940 I believe he took over the restaurant run by Mildred Eller "Eller's Restaurant." and it was called the Maryland Cafe.  He advertised it as Ralph's Maryland Cafe - after all it was still a time when a man's business bore his name and he must have been well known in Salisbury for it to be part of the marketing strategy. 
 Ralph White would marry Mabel Bozman and they would have a daughter Betty Mae White and a son Ralph B White.  Ralph White would die in 1943 at the age of 50.

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