Historic Cozy Restaurant Closes

- THURMONT, Md. - It came as a surprise to many. The Cozy restaurant, known for it's delicious dishes and a Camp David museum, closed it's doors for good.

"I just heard about it today...they're closed...I can't believe it," said David Neilsen, a long time patron.

According to several employees, Cozy owner, Jerry Freeze, is ready to retire. No one has offered an official reason for the closure, but court records show that last August, Freeze was charged with operating a business without a license. It's not clear if those cases have a connection to the decision to close, but the announcement has come as a shock to the community. 

"I've been working here for eight years and it's very sad what happened with this restaurant. It's a very nice place," said Maribel Gomez, former cook at Cozy restaurant.

Shops in the area are also unsure of how the closure of Cozy will effect their business.

"We've been here for 15 years and we're kind of concerned because Jerry owns the building that Jen's hair shop is in, so we don't know if we're going to have to find a new shop," said Missy Morgan, an employee at Jen's Cutting Edge Hair Salon.

Despite this closure, the doors at Cozy Inn next door will remain open. It's the end of an era, but those who were lucky enough to experience it say it's one they'll never forget.

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