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The Light House Brings Social Enterprise to Annapolis!

The Light House Bistro gives people with employment barriers the opportunity to learn while developing a resume and earning a living wage.  We are a social enterprise created by The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center to further train culinary students that have graduated from our workforce development and other partnering programs. Light House Bistro serves our community by creating a warm, fun atmosphere where people can gather to eat, drink and give back to the community.

Social enterprises create revenue from selling goods and services in the open market. All profits are reinvested back into the mission of the organization benefiting people in need and the communities in which they live. The bottom line for The Light House Social Enterprise is employment for people experiencing homelessness. 

The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center's Board of Directors envisioned that 202 West Street, the site of the original Light House Shelter, could create jobs for Light House graduates by repurposing the building into an advanced Culinary Training Center, Bistro, Coffee Bar and home for Bistro Catering. Four much needed permanent supportive apartments for Light House residents were added on the second floor.

In keeping with The Light House mission of reclaiming lives, the interior of the building uses fixtures and materials that are repurposed and reclaimed. The wood walls are replaned floor joists from the original building. The Bistro Chairs are refinished 1950's Naval Academy chairs used by Plebes in the USNA dining hall. The pendulum lights are from an old Pepco plant in Baltimore. The bar stools, tables and waiting benches are handcrafted from reclaimed barns. The artifacts around the Bistro are from Bowen's Farm Supply in Annapolis. The seating next to the old brick wall is an original pew from St. Anne's church where The Light House began almost 30 years ago.

During the three years of planning and construction of the Bistro people from all parts of the community came together to make this project happen. On February 27, 2017 we opened our doors to the public with 45 graduates of The Light House B.E.S.T. Programs trained and eager to both provide a superb dining experience and build belief in what is possible. In the same tradition as Buddy Levy's grocery store located in this building in the mid 20th century where people from all walks of life gathered, we hope The Light House Bistro will continue to be a unique neighborhood spot where all people in the community can have a seat at the table. 





Eat With Us

Grab and go or sit and eat. Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert.

Eat With Us

Grab and go or sit and eat. Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert.

Run by our award-winning Executive Chef, our trained and certified culinary graduates will provide a memorable experience for you and your guests. We use the season’s freshest ingredients, producing both elegant presentations and great tasting food.

An artisan cheese tray, signature sandwiches or delicious reception fare - all our selections are made fresh everyday.

Whether a business lunch or gathering with friends, our team will deliver a memorable meal that satisfies your eyes, taste buds, and your heart.



Or reserve online through OpenTable

Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving!

Light House Bistro gift cards are the perfect gift…not only are you giving the gift of great food, you are supporting our MISSION to train and employ! Purchase in the restaurant or call (410) 424-0922 to purchase and we will mail it to you!

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The Team

The Team


Beth Rocca

Director of Light House Bistro Social Enterprises

Beth brings thirty years of food and beverage experience to The Light House Bistro. She has a great passion for food and for teaching.

She came to The Light House after hearing about the plans to create a Social Enterprise restaurant in Annapolis. She believes whole heartedly in the Mission of the Light House and The Bistro and is thrilled to have the opportunity use her skills while helping the community and the employees at The Bistro.


Chef David Hammer

Executive Chef, Light House Bistro

Chef David Hammer was born In Annapolis, Maryland and comes to the Lighthouse Bistro with 30 years of food service experience. Chef Hammer graduated with a degree in Professional Cooking from the Baltimore International Culinary Institute and has worked with countless chefs, bakers, sous chefs and food service professionals from all over the world giving him the wealth of knowledge and experience he pulls from today. Chef Hammer’s true passion is food by creating dishes, building artful food displays, teaching classes and sharing his craft, he seeks to bring the love of food to everyone.

Chef Hammer is also committed to lifelong learning, hence, his own personal enjoyment of both teaching and attending cooking classes in the US and abroad from a variety of cultures. He is honored to be a part of such an incredible organization that merges both his love of food and learning. In this day and age, Chef Hammer considers the Bistro a unique opportunity and an outlet enabling him the opportunity to give back.


Chef Chip Thomas

Executive Sous Chef

Vincent “Chip” Thomas was born in Annapolis, Maryland. Chef Chip participated in the Light House B.E.S.T program and graduated in 2015. He has since worked in several restaurants in Annapolis, working his way from line cook to management.

Chef Chip was one of the first cooks to open the Bistro in 2017 and has since been promoted to line supervisor and now sous chef. His people skills and growing culinary knowledge are great assets to The Light House Bistro.


Mike Lash

Restaurant Manager


Marie Friedland

Catering Manager, Light House Bistro

Marie has called Annapolis her home since 1980. She has over 35 years of restaurant and catering experience, and joined our Light House Bistro team in January of 2018. The issues of homelessness and poverty are close to Marie’s heart, and after learning about our mission to “change lives one meal at a time,” she was eager to contribute her passion for great food and excellent service to our cause.


Jeff Bailey

Catering Sous Chef


Kelly Sammons

Assistant Restaurant Manager

Kelly came to The Bistro in March, 2017 just 2 weeks after we opened our doors. She came with food and beverage experience, but what intrigued her the most was the Mission. Being in recovery herself, she wanted the opportunity to join the Bistro team for support and so she could also give back to the community.

Kelly started as one of our first Baristas and has worked her way up to management. She is a great asset to the Bistro…loved by all!