December 24, 2021 will mark the end of an era for a beloved Kent Narrows landmark—when Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House closes the doors of its storied Kent Island restaurant.
In their farewell announcement, owners Mike and Helen Katinas thanked their family and employees for devoting 30 years to Annie’s success. They also thanked their customers and community, saying “without this wonderful community none of this would be possible.”
Since 1992 Annie’s has been symbolic of what makes the Shore renowned for its hospitality. For locals and visitors alike it was more than the award winning cream of crab soup, prime rib or the views of Kent Narrows and the Chester River. It’s been the place to go for celebrations of every occasion—from boat purchases to birthdays, engagements and christenings. On any Sunday in season footballs fans gathered in Annie’s sports bar. There was Sunday brunch and Thanksgiving dinner in the dining rooms. One frequent diner credited Annie’s takeout meals with boosting morale during the pandemic’s stay-at-home order.
During the holiday season Annie’s was noted for decking the halls with an array of beautifully decorated, themed Christmas trees including a blue and white ocean-themed tree hung with Chesapeake Bay crabs. In the days leading up to closing, diners grabbed the last opportunities to experience Annie’s signature meals. As of now, reservations for the remaining Sunday brunches and the last Christmas Eve dinner are full.
With the news of Annie’s closing, reactions poured in. “It’s a sad day for us,” said a longtime resident. Annie’s will be missed, not only for the food and fond memories but for its strong continuous support of Queen Anne’s County, including the Board of Education, and a number of community organizations. The Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce posted a thank-you video on Annie’s Facebook page, expressing gratitude for the Katinas family’s support of the business community and the Chamber itself. “Without your generous contribution the Chamber wouldn’t be what it is today,” said Linda Friday, the organization’s president.
There is, however, hope despite the upcoming closing. A new Kent Island location may be in the works. It will take time, the hopeful community is told, but there’s a strong possibility that Annie’s will find a new home somewhere on Kent Island. Obviously, this will take time. “I’ve been asked why do you want to continue?” Mike Katinas says. “Because this is what we do.”
If you’ve got memories to share of a visit to Annie’s you’re invited to post them at facebook.com/annieskentisland with the hashtag #anniesmemories.