Long before the current (as of this writing) Laurel Station Bar & Grill on Baltimore Ave., there was one of these—a Ponderosa Steakhouse.
It’s been any number of different establishments since its heyday in the 1970s—most notably, (and similarly) perhaps, a Sizzler—but I’ve literally lost count. For me, the building has always been (and always will be) Ponderosa.
Ironically, I may have only eaten there one time before it closed in the early 80s, but I walked past it almost daily en route to the mall.
Before the Ponderosa or Sizzler, there was the Rustler steakhouse, that was located where the Kenny Rogers Restaurant used to be on Rte. 1. Don’t know what’s there now. Have fond memories of ordering my steak how I liked it, and getting my baked potato. Putting the number on your tray and heading to your seat til they brought out your food.
I was a manager at this Rustler location and us it was great food at a good price. Started with them at the age of sixteen.