By Charlene Sharpe – for Daily Times
Mayor Bruce Morrison couldn’t keep a lid on the good news, telling Worcester County officials that the owner of Salisbury’s Back Street Grill is expected to operate an eatery in the town’s city-built riverfront building.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the County Commissioners, after presenting Pocomoke City’s budget request Morrison excitedly announced to the county’s leaders that Mark Reeves of Back Street Grill was going to be taking over the municipally-owned restaurant on the banks of the Pocomoke River. The city has been searching for an operator for the facility for months.

Back Street Grill, a casual eatery at 401 Snow Hill Road in Salisbury, serves sandwiches, burgers, subs and bar food for lunch dinner, and has a full bar.

Pocomoke City Manager Russ Blake said he did not want to go into specifics about the restaurant operator, because there was still paperwork to be done.

“An operator has been tentatively selected, ” he said. “A contract is pending. It’s in the hands of the lawyers.”

He said an opening date is likely in late May, and a formal announcement would be made the week of March 12. In an interview Thursday, Morrison also said he did not want to discuss the restaurant plans until the contract was finalized.

The 3,025-square-foot restaurant is located between the Delmarva Discovery Center and the Pocomoke River bridge. The city decided last year to develop the Market Street itself, building a spec structure so that the heart of downtown, which already featured several museums and a theater, would have a restaurant. The $750,000 project, designed by the Becker Morgan Group and built by Gillis Gilkerson, was funded largely by grants the city obtained.