This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Buzzy's Still Closed

On Wednesday Gov. Hogan okayed outdoor service for restaurants and bars to commence this Friday at 5 pm.  Yesterday my buddy David Dent put out the following on his Chief's Neighborhood Bar Facebook page .  I called and thanked him for saving me having to write up something similar as to why Buzzy's also will not be opening up just now for outside service.  This is what David had to say:

Hello Everyone. Unfortunately, we will not be open this weekend for outside seating. We are carefully reviewing reopening guidance from the CDC, the National Restaurant Association, and the Maryland License Beverage Association. Please be patient with me as I develop our plan to reopen in such a manner as to not only keep our guests safe but also keep Chief’s greatest asset, our employees safe. For now, we will continue to operate the store and deli, Wednesday through Sunday 11 am until 7:30 pm and continue to serve take-out orders from 11 am until 7 pm. I sincerely want to thank all of our loyal guests for your support during this time. Please rest assured we want to get back to business, as much as you want to come back. We will update our progress on reopening on Facebook as well as with our text messaging service. Please text the keyword chiefsbar to 77222 from your cell phone to join Chief’s VIP text messaging service Thank you… David Dent

As Dave noted, keeping everyone, including guests and employees, healthy and safe is the priority right now.  Working out the right mix of actions and steps on how to do that is a challenge for all business owners.   For now I am going to hold off a little longer before opening Buzzy's back up. 

Gov. Hogan's next move will be to implement Stage 2 which is scheduled to allow bars and restaurants to resume indoors service.  Don't know that I will wait that long for Hogan to green light us, but as my Mom used to say "We'll see."  (Usually, that was her nice way of saying no though.) 

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