Wilcom's Inn

Wilcom’s Inn, a fine dining restaurant in Monrovia, opened for carryout service this week after being shut down since damage from a tornado last year. Owner Jorge Fuster, left and David Foster, manager, hold two meals they prepared Wednesday afternoon. They also are able to sell wine to-go with their menu items.

Wilcom’s Inn, a fine dining restaurant in Monrovia, was forced to close late last summer after a tornado damaged the building. Owner Jorge Fuster said the plan all along had been to reopen once repairs were completed.

He didn’t expect, however, to be reopening in the middle of a pandemic.

It became clear to Fuster in March that if Wilcom’s was going to reopen, it was going to have to do so as a carry-out only establishment. But Wilcom’s had never been known for that kind of service. The sit-down restaurant was more known for four-course meals paired with a wine from their 145 selections.

“Well, you’re asking the kitchen to really think completely differently by sending all four of those or three of those in one bag, in different packages,” he said. “You don’t want to send out the dressing on the salad, you want to send it out on the side.”

He scrambled to find take-out containers, which are currently in short supply nationwide. He ended up sourcing from not only his vendors but also Amazon and Walmart in order to make it work. Fuster only wanted top-notch containers so that customers wouldn’t have sauce slide around their cars.

“And then put on top of all of that, disinfecting all the areas, wearing masks, trying to communicate in the kitchen with masks on and do things really well outside of our normal environment,” Fuster said.

Wilcom’s opened back up on Tuesday. Before noon, they had to announce they were closing for the rest of the day as they had received too many orders to complete.

“We had an overwhelming response from the community. They’ve been very, very supportive of us,” Fuster said.

The staff, which is about half of what it was before the tornado, spent three days preparing for the first day. They had less than a day to prepare for Wednesday.

There are other road blocks. Some ingredients are hard to come by, like crab meat.

While Fuster has several different providers, the pandemic has limited the amount of fishing done and he was not able to get the crab meat he wanted. He cut the crab items from the menu rather than sacrifice the quality.

Meat is also in short supply, he said, and more expensive than usual. But he doesn’t want to raise the prices on his menu and “pass on” the extra charge to his customers during the pandemic.

“Not only the restaurants are suffering, but the people themselves are suffering,” Fuster said.

He was humbled to see the outpouring of support from the community, both on re-opening day and leading up to it. The restaurant’s Facebook posts were flooded with words of encouragement and excitement. It can’t replace the in-person interactions that Fuster misses, but he appreciates everyone coming through.

“They’re friends and family,” Fuster said. “They’re not just our patrons.”

Follow Erika Riley on Twitter: @ej_riley.

(44) comments

Reader1954

what strikes me odd about all the re-opening is they constantly talk about barbershop/hair salons and nail salons can reopen - places that require physical touching. But there is push back against business that don't require personal contact not being allowed. You know - department stores, business offices, etc. Just sounds completely backwards

Alice Jones

For the flat earth crowd: there's a Reopen MD protest this Saturday which begins in Frederick. Please attend.

Street92

Where’s the protest for the 27-genders crowd? You, Alice, and your kind, are sick. Remember, liberalism is a disease and Democrats destroy everything they touch.

KR999

Yep, liberalism certainly is a disease, symptoms are hatred, hypocrisy, and imposing their views on they who have different ones. Science is working on a cure for it though.

Alice Jones

Tune up the tin foil, 92.

phydeaux994

I tell you what Street & CD, read the comments every day and see where the hatred, hypocrisy and mean spirited Partisanship is. And don’t forget anger. And please, tell us all the things DJ Trump has done to MAGA. You RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) spend all your effort bashing LIBERALISM but no time at all making specific statements to prove your way (Trump’s Way) is better. You know, like “Trump has done great things, such as........?) or Conservatism is......?”. Without that, you’re just Trolls. Look up the meaning of “debate”. Peace. ✌️

KR999

Fido, is there a particular reason why you have to write out your initials for something, like RRR, and LL, and BTT, and then write in parenthesis after each explaining what each set of initials stand for? Why do you bother with the initials if you're going to follow them with spelling them out? Senility? So that you don't forget what each set of the initials you made up means?

phydeaux994

Funny you should mention senility CD, I told my Psychiatrist that I have been experiencing some short term memory issues, such as why I keep coming here to joust with the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans). She gave me this crazy little verbal test and said I was fine except for that one thing which she couldn’t explain. As far as trolling, I think we all do it occasionally, myself included, but we also attempt to engage in some serious debate, including “Sammy”. You guys, a.k.a. RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans), never do that.

KR999

OK fido, and the answer to my question is...………..?

(In case you forgot it, I asked if there a particular reason why you have to write out your initials for something, like RRR, and LL, and BTT, and then write in parenthesis after each explaining what each set of initials stand for? Why do you bother with the initials if you're going to follow them with spelling them out?)

phydeaux994

An internet troll is someone who makes intentionally inflammatory, rude, or upsetting statements online to elicit strong emotional responses in people or to steer the conversation off-topic. They can come in many forms.

KR999

And, with a lot of the things you write, you're one of those forms. Peace.

KR999

Oh, and fido, having directed your comment to Street92 and myself, I take it you never read any of Sammy's comments. Or is she just not one of your forms of trolls?

Alice Jones

You just can't help your simple little self, can you d bag reed? I told you to get lost.

KR999

Yeah you told me, Sammypoo, now make me.

Alice Jones

see, you really are ignorant, reed. no surprise there.

KR999

STOP bullying and harassing me!!!!!!! ([lol][lol][lol])

brendakaleo

I wouldn't call WIlcom's Inn, fine dining..

suetemple

then you haven't been there under the new management, it is not pretty on the outside but the food is amazing

Alice Jones

menu looks good. how's the food?

timothygaydos

we will be going there tomorrow for sure and supporting our local businesses pandemic or not... eventually we will all have to get out and about without masks and start living again especially considering most of us have been exposed and had some form of this virus over the last few months and have antibodies within our immune system... unless you got a serious health issue which you should already be taking proper measures to avoid infection etc... time to start living life!

Street92

Amen!

Jleftwich

Quote from Tim Gaydos: "...considering most of us have been exposed and had some form of this virus over the last few months and have antibodies within our immune system..."

The UN agency said the idea that one-time infection can lead to immunity remains unproven and is thus unreliable. There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection. (source: https://bit.ly/3fcz4cn).

timothygaydos

So why do you think there has been far less positive cases than negative cases in the USA and far more recovered cases than deaths??? We did not start this social distancing until Mid to late March and therefore we had the months of Jan and Feb and even some of March to have exposure and impact to our bodies and yet most of us have not been impacted and if we were it was to a minor degree... yes we need definite proof of all of this but so far the metrics are bearing this out especially when you really start digging into the data... and yes I believe in treatments using vaccines or other medical concepts such as plasma and drugs already in our medical system... anyway this is about a great place to eat in the local area and it is great to see them back serving us with great food!

Jleftwich

Quote from Tim Gaydos: ""So why do you think there has been far less positive cases than negative cases in the USA and far more recovered cases than deaths."

Fair question, here's something that might shed light: https://bit.ly/2YgJcdY

"..anyway, this is about a great place to eat in the local area..."

Agreed. I'll not take it off-topic further. [wink]

steelersfan2005

"a fine dining restaurant", didn't know biker bars were classified as "fine dining" these days.

judytucci

Oh, it's definitely not a biker bar anymore.

brendakaleo

Right?

KR999

What biker bar would that be, steelersfan? This article is about Wilcom's Inn. Or have you just had your head in the sand since it was sold?

Street92

Pandemic? Um, it's more like economic suicide based on shoddy epidemiological models. But, heck, let's keep this farce going until July.

Alice Jones

you are encouraged to go to church and forgo ppe. have fun.

Street92

Alice, you’re encouraged to stay inside with your mouth and nose covered with a dirty rag for as long as you wish. I, personally, would suggest making it permanent. Have fun!

Alice Jones

Excellent suggestion however I am not the one dismissing the seriousness of a fatal virus. You aluminum foil hat needs a tune up, chief. Please go out. A lot. Without PPE. If you are such a conspiracy theorist - Roswell? - you should have no problem. C'mon big boy, head out. There's nothing to fear.

Street92

Let the record show that Alice is, indeed, a paranoid, neurotic nut job. Have a nice day. *Discussion threat is now closed.*

Alice Jones

you are unwell, 92. I am not the one ranting about suicide in the face of a lethal virus. No wonder you are confused.

Alice Jones

Oh, and 92, you are not owning your words? What kind of man are you?

KR999

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Street92! I couldn't agree more, with all your comments!

Alice Jones

92 - please don't lose motivation and stay at home for the big rally. Encourage your like minded friends to attend. Please?

stevemckay

Great to see them back in business!

bosco

(sarcasm alert) Seems suspicious to me that they are wearing gloves. Is their food contaminated?

Nice article on page A7 in the April 29 print edition of FNP about how gloves are not needed for carryout food. Unless they change those gloves between each meal and customer, they're contaminated. Frequent hand washing is better.

duffy5x

Outstanding! I know where dinner is coming from tonight :). glad you all are back at it.

francesca_easa

I have never dined here, but would love to try out the restaurant. Can I bring my Tupperware, and you fill the container?

msmith6276

Likely not - even before this pandemic by Mom's nursing home would not let residents bring their own containers to the coffee shop to be filled. It increases the chance that your Tupperware could contaminate the serving area.

bosco

I wonder what the science behind that decision was? I take my refillable mug into Sheetz - well before the pandemic anyway.

steelersfan2005

that would be cross contamination.

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