SALISBURY — Maryland Capital Enterprises has announced Jeremy Norton, owner of Roadie Joe’s Bar & Grill in Salisbury, as the recipient of the 2018 MCE Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The awards banquet was held recently at Salisbury University. Runners-up were Christine Braughler, owner of Acorn Market in downtown Salisbury, and Kenneth Shockley, owner of Unique Styles Custom Home Builders in Delmar.

Presenting the award werePalmer Gillis and Maurice Ames, executive director of MCE. Norton was awarded a plaque and a cash prize. The two entrepreneur finalists also received a cash prize.

Norton is a restaurateur born and raised in Salisbury. His restaurant experience began in 2001 at 14 years old at Domino’s Pizza. After graduating in 2005, he worked various restaurant and bartending jobs in the area until summer 2012, when he was given the opportunity, as an independent contractor, to run the alcohol and bar service of the short-lived Aqua Italian Restaurant. The relationship did not last long, and the owners of Aqua Italian Restaurant closed the door; but, as they say, with every closed door, new doors of opportunity open.

In March 2013, the restaurant reopened as Roadie Joe’s Bar & Grill.

As the majority of Norton’s experience was in the bar side of the operation, Roadie Joe’s opened claiming themselves as a “4-star dive bar.” The key to the restaurant’s success has been a constant adaption and evolution.

Josh Elliott, the general manager, has been by Norton’s side since the beginning. They later brought on chef Jason Myers.

Today, Roadie Joe’s is known for its fun atmosphere and delicious food. The restaurant continues to evolve, and is now eyeing a substantial renovation that would relocate the entrance of the restaurant directly on the plaza, and would add an arcade to continue the fun atmosphere.

He has always been a frequent supporter and advocate of downtown Salisbury and enjoys spending time with his wife Jenee and daughter Jenabelle.

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