Our Story

George Pappas Sr. first acquired ownership in 1939. In the early years, the business existed primarily as a confectionary with homemade candies. A businessman’s special luncheon, consisting of homemade soups, sandwiches, and fountain favorites was also available.

As the years progressed, increased emphasis was placed on serving meals.

In the mid 1940s, George Pappas Jr. joined his father in the restaurant business. It was during this time that additional changes took place. The confectionary candy cases were removed and were replaced with booths and tables for increased dining capacity.


Princess Restaurant has been serving fine meals at reasonable prices for four generations.


Whether you are a political junkie or not, you will be interested to know that on June 21, 1953 (Father’s Day) President Harry Truman and his wife Bess enjoyed dining here. He was passing through Frostburg on his first trip back to Washington DC since leaving the White House in 1952. He stopped at the Princess Restaurant for a lunch. (Be sure to check out the Truman Booth when you visit us where you will find a picture of the former President, his wife, our first owner, and another local businessman!)

George Jr. and his wife Dorothy became the owners in 1963 and continued to operate the business until 1981. They too made structural changes in the restaurant and expanded the menu offerings as well. The fine homemade candy-making tradition continues exclusively for the Easter season.

George W. Pappas and his wife Sheila, acquired ownership in 1981.  Together, they added a dining room to further accommodate the growing business. After countless years of ownership, George and Sheila were proud to welcome the help of their youngest daughter, Lauren in 2014.

Lauren Pappas, the fourth generation in the family business, took over ownership in January of 2016.  Lauren is excited to carry on the Pappas traditions for another generation.

The Princess Restaurant is located just four blocks or 10 minutes from Frostburg State University. We offer catering services for Business Meetings, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthday Parties, Fraternity and Sorority Social Functions. Call us (301) 689-1680 to learn how we can help you.