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Near Camp David, Thurmont's 85-year-old Cozy Restaurant calls it a day

Cozy Restaurant has closed at Cozy Village, but the The Cozy Country Inn remains open.
Cozy Restaurant has closed at Cozy Village, but the The Cozy Country Inn remains open. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun)

Cozy Restaurant, an 85-year-old Thurmont eatery that claimed to be the oldest restaurant in Maryland still operated by its founding family, has closed.

News of the restaurant's closing was first reported Monday in the Frederick News-Post, which said the restaurant's last day of operation was Sunday. On Tuesday, the News-Post reported that Cozy owed about $180,000 in back taxes.

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The restaurant was part of Cozy Village, a Thurmont tourist camp established in 1929 by Wilbur Freeze. Cozy Village also includes shops and The Cozy Country Inn, which remain in operation and are still owned by the Freeze family, although the hotel and restaurant are separate legal entities.

Cozy Village claims a long association with nearby Camp David.

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According to its website, the original inn provided housing for Secret Service agents protecting Franklin D. Roosevelt when the Thurmont retreat was known as Shangri-La.

The present-day inn offers rooms and suites named after United States presidents and news wire services. Several presidential suites feature whirlpool spas; only the Kennedy suite has a bidet.

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