Franchot honors 25 years for Snappers

Snappers Waterfront Cafe owners John and Laura Sydnor hold state citations during a Monday, June 10, visit by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to celebrate the restaurant’s 25th anniversary. Joining Franchot were Sen. Addie Eckardt, Del. Johnny Mautz, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and Dorchester County Councilmen Ricky Travers and Lenny Pfeffer.

CAMBRIDGE — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot honored Snappers Waterfront Cafe owners John and Laura Sydnor Monday, June 10, for the Cambridge restaurant’s 25th anniversary.

State Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot; Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley; and Dorchester County Councilmen Ricky Travers and Lenny Pfeffer joined Franchot to honor the Sydnor family and the success of Snappers. Franchot, Eckardt and Mautz all presented the Sydnor family with proclamations.

Snappers, along Cambridge Creek next to J.M. Clayton Seafood, serves local seafood dishes, south-, western- and Jamaican-inspired cuisine, along with exotic drinks and refreshments.

The family roots run deep in Snappers for John and Laura Sydnor. Their children Victoria, Jack and Jordan all have worked at the restaurant. Victoria Sydnor now is a first grade teacher at St. Michaels Elementary School.

“Through thick and thin, recessions and recoveries, Snappers Waterfront Cafe is the best thing going,” Franchot said. “I want to thank Laura and John, the owners, and their family. The whole family represents the very best of Maryland.

“Snapper’s Cafe is a successful and beloved business on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” he said. “They provide a great neighborhood gathering place with a welcoming laid-back atmosphere. I have special appreciation for your unwavering commitment to provide loyal patrons with first-class service, famously delicious food options and your immeasurable contributions to the community and local economy. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success and prosperity for years to come.”

Mautz presented the Sydnor family with a House of Delegates proclamation and told the story about the first time he visited Snappers.

“Twenty five years ago, I was 23 years old, and a dock bar just opened up in Cambridge,” he said. “I’m from St. Michaels. Our boats were tied up in Tilghman Island. So my buddy said, ‘Hey guys, lets make a run to Cambridge and check Snappers out.’

“Never did I imagine, a few beers later and 25 years I’d be here to present Snapper’s with a citation from the House of Delegates,” he said. “This was before the efforts on Main Street. This was a new idea. It was a new thing in Cambridge. It is a great thing in Cambridge. We are so proud of you. Congratulations and God bless you.”

Eckardt, who lives along Cambridge Creek, has been a fan of Snappers since the beginning.

“We’ve been here the entire 25 years to watch you get going and continue going so well,” she said. “The Senate offers its sincerest congratulations to Snapper’s Waterfront Cafe.”

Travers and Pfeffer thanked the Sydnor family for everything they do for the community and wished them many more decades of success.

“We’d never be here if it was not for our customers,” John Sydnor said. “We thank everyone for the support.”

Jackson-Stanley said Cambridge grew up with the Sydnor family.

“Now we are celebrating them,” she said. “We love you. We are appreciative for all the work you do. You are the best.”

Follow Caroline/Dorchester Editor Dustin Holt on Twitter @Dustin_StarDem.

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