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Historic Thurmont restaurant closes; loyal customers seek last cup of Cozy clam chowder - The Frederick News-Post : Human Interest

Cozy closes Historic Thurmont restaurant closes; loyal customers seek last cup of Cozy clam chowder

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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 2:00 am

THURMONT — Wait staff informed new and longtime Cozy Restaurant customers Sunday that it was the last day for the 85-year-old establishment.

Harry Fogle, a server, was working on a Cozy catering job Sunday off-site and reflected on a happy 29 years with the restaurant. His 14-year-old daughter, Megan, has been working at the restaurant, too.

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24 comments:

  • SheilaC posted at 1:36 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    SheilaC Posts: 1

    So disappointed! We love Cozys. We drive over an hour to get there and have done so several times a year for at least 20 yrs. We always stop to eat whenever we go to Emmitsburg or Gettysburg. My young adult son and his friends started going on their own this past year. I bring friends when they visit from Scotland. How very sad. And those of you who did not like the food, just shut up and let those of us who did mourn the loss of a great place whose appeal went beyond the food. Guess I'll have to find someplace closer to home in Virginia. Cozys did bring in money to Maryland and y'all just cut off your noses to spite your face. Taxes... You'll tax yourself to bankruptcy MD.

     
  • Crabcake14 posted at 7:54 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    Crabcake14 Posts: 3

    Actually she was referring to both!!! I speak from experience (you?) Very odd that our business was doing very well until THEY took power. (Caps = royalty) so say what you will, never had or seen the issues with small businesses (with Bush or Reagan) until your IDOLS came to be. However, we have still managed to pay our taxes - miraculous - with a lot of hard work added in. Sorry didn't intend to get the lib(s) all worked up - [wink] Just speaking the truth as I have lived it - agree with me or not does not matter.............

     
  • sinkorswim posted at 4:40 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    sinkorswim Posts: 93

    Just curious about something. Who are the backward thinking people you mention? How would you describe them? Be more specific, please and remember, just because someone has an opinion or a thought that is different from your opinions or thoughts, does not make them backward.

     
  • mburns posted at 3:22 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    mburns Posts: 162

    I believe he was talking about O'Malley not Obama

     
  • newspostreader posted at 2:50 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    newspostreader Posts: 144

    That darned Obama at it again! No one else could possible be responsible for all of these restaurant closings but him! The stuff people come up with. I guess he is responsible for all restaurant closings in the Bush and Reagan years too, right?

     
  • amault posted at 2:41 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    amault Posts: 93

    So sad! Their root beer cake was amazing!

     
  • Crabcake14 posted at 2:07 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    Crabcake14 Posts: 3

    So very sorry to hear of another old Mom & Pop restaurant closing up. Haven't been there in years, but it had pretty good food then. It was more about the atmosphere and the area anyway. The economy (and more taxes) has really created problems for ALL small businesses add to that less spending money available to the consumer, etc. We have seen it happening on our trips to western MD and WVA - less traffic than ever before - and 3 small restaurants closing in the last 1-1/2 years. Thank you Mr. O and associates. Hopefully, change is coming!!!!!!!!

     
  • LukesBioBug posted at 1:47 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    LukesBioBug Posts: 2

    Another thing, those regular customers. Were they elderly? On a fixed income? Could this have been their main source of meals and socializing? Those that think this is something to make fun of, need to think more about the bigger picture.

     
  • LukesBioBug posted at 1:35 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    LukesBioBug Posts: 2

    I've been a Thurmont resident for 12 years. We have been coming to the area a lot longer. We first went to the Cozy shortly after moving here. The food was simple, no 5 star cooks, but it was good. I feel the negative comments here are woefully inappropriate! The wait staff have just lost their jobs! Thurmont has just lost one of it biggest landmarks! What will come in now? Some large corporate enterprise with an agenda? This country is loosing the small Mom & Pop shops at an alarming rate. One of the biggest draws for my wife & I to this area, was the small town feel. If we loose this to big box stores and chain restaurants, what is the reason to stay? If one of these larger enterprises come in, we will loose a little bit more of our identity! The wilderness area will be at greater risk as well.

     
  • drumdigger1976 posted at 1:06 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    drumdigger1976 Posts: 73

    Sorry for the owners. Hope they are happy. Glad to see this, though, because it means that Frederick is continuing its slow climb out of the 1950s and into the 21st century. Finally, we will have more diversity and progressivism in Frederick and less backward-thinking people. Yay for progress and change!!

     
  • dejaview55 posted at 11:26 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    dejaview55 Posts: 1051

    All the Presidential displays were nicely done, starting with Hoover. When it got to the President Obama display there was a defaced snapshot with some racist comments. I relayed this to some of my friends and they saw it,as well, and said they would never hold a function there again. So I say good riddance to the place and the customers who used to patronize it.

     
  • loving frederick posted at 11:24 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    loving frederick Posts: 88

    7-11 has better food!!![beam]

     
  • hoodgrad posted at 11:21 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    hoodgrad Posts: 15

    No one believes the retirement excuse. If that were the case, the place would have closed with a huge fanfare. They closed the bar a few months ago because they no longer had a liquor license and they were advertised for not paying a $27,000 tax bill last month in the FNP. Too bad. A lot of people worked there through the years. Keeping a business open is tough these days.

     
  • alandb7 posted at 10:52 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    alandb7 Posts: 26

    I remember as a child my father would drive the whole family about 85 miles each way just to eat at the Cozy Inn. I moved to Frederick 25 years ago, and found the Cozy was no longer as good as when I was a child. The last few times I have eaten there, we had fun trying to figure out what was in the food from the buffet. However we didn't enjoy eating the food. Everyone I know prefers the Mountain Gate, which will likely be much more crowded now!

     
  • fredneckian posted at 10:50 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    fredneckian Posts: 862

    I had not been there in a long time. What was in the display?

     
  • loving frederick posted at 10:07 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    loving frederick Posts: 88

    The local McDonalds is better!!![beam]

     
  • dejaview55 posted at 9:59 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    dejaview55 Posts: 1051

    LOL, Thurmont taxpayers giving private business a handout. Sounds like a bit of a contradiction on a local level. What did you think when the Banks and GM were bailed out?

     
  • steven09 posted at 9:43 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    steven09 Posts: 276

    Very sad news indeed.

     
  • dannyfran999 posted at 9:37 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    dannyfran999 Posts: 49

    Venting ! I hate to see businesses in town close up. Cozy was a tourist stop for many people traveling. The food wasn't the greatest but it brought people into town who spend money in town. I know the town couldn't do anything about it. If I had the money I would reopen it. And make it how i remember it when i was a kid.

     
  • newspostreader posted at 9:12 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    newspostreader Posts: 144

    What do you suggest the town should have done? They don't have resources to run a restaurant, and they certainly don't have enough cash for a bailout. If people weren't notified until Saturday, how would they do something in a day? I don't quite understand the logic here.

     
  • dejaview55 posted at 8:56 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    dejaview55 Posts: 1051

    I used to go there years ago,but once the Moutaingate Restaurant opened I rarely went to the Cozy. I thought some of the museum and memorabilia was interesting,until I went into the Presidential Museum a few years ago and was shocked at the current Presidents display ,and the disrespect that was on display. Good riddance.

     
  • dannyfran999 posted at 8:40 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    dannyfran999 Posts: 49

    I've lived in Thurmont since 2001. It's a dead town. Retail stores open and close every 6 months. Town of Thurmont should of stepped in and down something. That was one of the few reasons to stop here.

     
  • newspostreader posted at 8:22 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    newspostreader Posts: 144

    It is very sad to see Cozy close up. I think this comment is the key: "They remember years when the restaurant was so popular that customers had to take a number, would walk across the street to shop and wait as long as an hour for an announcement that they could be seated." I also remember when Cozy was like this. It was busy from open until close. However, the quality and cleanliness has declined over the years. I think it just became too much to manage for Jerry and his family. I'd love to see them be able to take a step back, come up with a new strategy, and reopen.

     
  • meemaw2two posted at 8:06 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    meemaw2two Posts: 1

    So sorry to hear of Cozy's closing. My husband and I had our Wedding Reception there in April of 2011. It will always hold a special place in our hearts! Good Luck to all the workers and owners for the future!

     

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