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LJ's & Kat Lounge Owner, Alex Tiches Returns to His Roots

"Home Sweet Home" in Hagerstown
LJ's & Kat Lounge Owner, Alex Tiches Returns to His Roots

HAGERSTOWN, MD- Alexander Tiches, owner and general manager of LJ's & the Kat Lounge of Hagerstown, Md. knew that one day he'd return to his hometown to build his dream restaurant and tribute to his mother and late father, Kathryn (Kat) and Louis James (LJ) Tiches, both residents Hagerstown, Md. since 1958.
Tiches, youngest of five children, was born and raised in Hagerstown, Md. He graduated from St. James High School in Hagerstown, Md. and then earned a degree in economics and French at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. During that time, he studied abroad in France and worked at the Embassy Club in Athens, Greece. Tiches also began a seven-year career at Hyatt Hotels where he fine-tuned his craft in restaurant management and excellent service, which took him to Washington, D.C. and Chicago.
Tiches' strong family ties brought him back to Hagerstown, Md. and he knew that one day he would fulfill his dream to have a cosmopolitan, but down-to-earth, community restaurant, offering all of the extra touches, without the cosmopolitan "prices." The food is created by Chef de Cuisine Lonnie Coble, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He classifies his dishes as American with fusions of international tastes.
"When my father passed away in 2001, it became the catalyst for me to take the next step by making LJ's and the Kat Lounge a reality," said Alexander Tiches, owner and general manager of LJ's and the Kat Lounge. "Hagerstown has always been home to me, so it's important for me to make my customers feel at home at LJ's by making them feel comfortable, cared for and special...all things that my father had done for me, my family and the hundreds of others that he had entertained throughout his life," Tiches added.
Tiches first got his taste for the hospitality business from his father who Tiches credits for his passion for entertaining and food. The late Louis J. Tiches, of Greek descent, was always ready to bring family and friends together to celebrate life. He always knew where the best and newest restaurant was when he traveled, whether for a long weekend get-away or a two-week sojourn, it was all about being together around a table, usually a very large one, with fantastic food, wonderful wine, and magnificent memories.
LJ's and the Kat Lounge is named in honor of Alexander's Tiches' parents, Louis and Kathryn Tiches, who instilled in him the love of entertaining friends and strangers in a friendly, warm atmosphere with fantastic food, wonderful wine, and magnificent memories. LJ's & the Kat Lounge is located at
1130 Conrad Court in Hagerstown, Md. The restaurant serves American cuisine with international fusions. It opened in November 2004 and has already been praised for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, personalized service, down-to-earth personality and competitive prices. Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm Dinner is Tuesday through Saturday 5pm to 10pm The restaurant is closed Sundays and Mondays. The Kat Lounge is open Tuesday through Friday 11:30am to 12am and Saturday 5pm to 12am Visit www.ljsandkatlounge.com or call 301-739-7990 for reservations.

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