Pargo's finally gets razed

It’s about time. Nothing like leaving an eyesore up for 2 1/2 years. Picture taken about noon today, 12/16.

Pargos going down


27 thoughts on “Pargo's finally gets razed

  1. That’s really weird because about a month ago I noticed a landscaping crew cleaning up around the building and cutting the grass. Thought maybe someone was getting ready to renovate and move in. Strange…


  2. I am surprised that someone didn’t take some of the nice wood work and windows. Architecturally, it was a neat building with the high ceilings and exposed wood beams. Did someone at least manage to salvage the Bar? Pity it’s all going to end up in a landfill somewhere.


    • Frog–I’m with you–Pargo’s was interesting architecturally and the interior woodwork was beautiful. Guess there was no effort to salvage anything–a shame and hard for me to understand. Though it’s not the first time I’ve seen beautiful interiors just pulled down in a heap of rubble.


  3. Trader Joes would rock! Spoke to them in Gburg about a year or 2 ago, inquiring whether or not they would ever come to Frederick and he told me, no.

    According to Streetwise website (the realty co. leasing the land), there is going to be:

    1. Verizon Wireless
    2. Palm Beach Tan
    3. myeyedr
    4. Jersey Mikes (sub shop)

    Boring, boring and boring.

    A Baja Fresh would be nice or a Fuddruckers or Cheesecake Factory. Yummmm.


  4. A Fuddruckers would be outstanding! Trader Joe’s would be fine but I’d rather have Whole Foods, which would of course probably shut down Common Market, so that’s never going to happen.


  5. photo from the inside dont know if it will show


  6. I used to work there, for a good number of years so I was especially sad to see it go. The inside was architecturally gorgeous, with exposed wooden beams, and the bistro with it’s glass ceiling and outdoor styled tables and chairs. I still have some of the original leather benches from around the bar here at the house.

    I loved that place and miss the friends I made there. I’d been looking online for links to some of the recipes and saw this article. I’d never been a fan of the place after Slade’s had bought them out but what eventually became can’t touch the memories I have.

    I think it’s kinda funny to hear the Cheesecake Factory mentioned so often- we used to order our basic cheesecake as well as the specialty ones we had in years past from that place, lol.


    • Jon, I’m sure you’re not the only one still thinking back to Pargo’s and its sad end. Though my co-workers and I here in Frederick went there for lunch only about 3 times, we were sorry to see it go and never would have expected to see it torn down. But we mainly remember its sleek, architecturally impressive interior, not its food. The last time we were there, I recall someone in our party saying, “But it seems like their menu is mostly chicken, kind of the same overall & not much variety.” He was told to try the potato soup, I think it was, which everybody agreed was good & maybe the one memorable dish.

      Anyhow, I don’t know how much the menu played a role in Pargo’s downfall, if at all, or whether anything could have saved the business. But I found myself thinking of Pargo’s when we stopped at a newish Tex-Mex restaurant near Deep Creek Lake recently. Wow, the decor–high ceilings, elaborate beams/woodwork everywhere, custom tilework, huge chandeliers–was eye-popping to be sure. But the food? Well, let’s just say that, having enjoyed the great ambiance on that one occasion, we won’t be returning.


      • I went once with my daughter. I, too, remember a lot of chicken on the menu so I ordered a salad with grilled chicken on it. My chicken pieces were pink and cold in the middle. I never went back. My husband had been a couple of times before that and had warned us not to go. While it was beautiful to look at on the inside, the food was simply not up to it. We had only gone because a friend of my daughter’s was a server there.


  7. I can’t speak for their later menu as I left for the final time about 5 years before they closed, but the menu I recall had 2-3 steaks, 2 different size cuts of prime rib, 2-3 pastas, 4-5 appetizers, racks of ribs, pork tenderloin, 2-3 different chicken dishes (Amanda, Spring and cilantro), a few salads and of course, the soups. Baked potato was a daily staple but we rotated the others: clam chowder, maryland crab, tomato bisque, shrimp bisque and so on.


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