Mealey’s Restaurant, a landmark restaurant that has been in the area since the early 1900s, closed Sunday.
Fifteen employees are out of work.
Owner Chim Butt said he made the “very painful decision” to close the business Sunday night, primarily because of the economy.
“No. 2 are the greedy banks who are not bending, who refuse to help a customer stay afloat in this economy,” Butt said.
He also blames Frederick County government.
“Certainly, I take some responsibility, but I must say that doing business with Frederick County is counter-productive and I would absolutely discourage people about doing business in Frederick County,” Butt said.
Butt said he and his wife invested all their life savings in the restaurant.
There will be more about this story in tomorrow’s News-Post.