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We're Open: Honey Bee Diner serving carry-out, offers essential groceries

Posted at 4:06 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 19:30:07-04

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — The Honey Bee Diner in Glen Burnie continues to operate carry-out service to customers, while also selling essential items to those who need them.

If you pick up your carry-out meal you might notice a large pile of toilet paper stacked neatly on the counter top. Nearby are loaves of bread and boxes of of gloves. They're all for sale in addition to food on the menu.

"There’s a need for it," said server Shirley Tatroe. "If we can get it in bulk, why not share it with the community? You can come in the morning, get yourself something to eat for breakfast and leave with two extra rolls of toilet paper for home."

Staff told WMAR-2 News it's just another way of doing business. While staff have been cut the diner is working with a skeleton crew to handle carry-out orders.

"We were a little nervous at first," said Tatroe. "but it's busy sometimes just like it was when people were dining in."

Regular customers like Michael Wilson continue to support the diner and staff.

"Oh, I'm a regular for 30 years," said Wilson.

He told WMAR-2 News getting out of the house and seeing familiar faces helps bring a sense of normalcy to the current situation.

The staff agreed, adding they like seeing familiar faces and serving them their carry-out orders, with or without a side of toilet paper.

"You get to know them," said Tatroe. "Even over the phone. I know their voices and their order even before they tell me."

The Honey Bee Diner continues to operate 24 hours a day. It also makes use of DoorDash.

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