Dudley's owner sells Buddy's restaurant in Chevy Chase

Restaurant owner Debbie Long has sold Buddy's in Chevy Chase to concentrate "110 percent" on moving Dudley's restaurant to a new location on West Short Street.

The deal was closed Sunday. The new owner of Buddy's is Arron Rhodes, 26, from Calvert City, who graduated from the University of Kentucky with an accounting degree. But "restaurants have always been a passion of mine," he said.

Buddy's has been one of his favorite restaurants. "When I found out that Debbie was selling, everything fell into place," Rhodes said.

Long is similarly delighted with the way events have transpired. She listed the restaurant with an agent in December.

Selling Buddy's at 854 East High Street means "one less restaurant to have to worry with," she said on Wednesday. "Plus, I've got a little cash in the bank, so that's nice. It couldn't have been any better."

Rhodes will keep the name Buddy's. The menu will pretty much remain the same.

"We're still going to cater to our regulars who like the menu as it is," he said. "We still want to offer $5 items to $25 items."

Rhodes said when he goes into a restaurant, "I want a place that's clean, has fast, friendly service and exciting things going on. That's exactly what I'm here to provide for my customers."

However, some changes will be coming. Already seven large-screen televisions carrying DirecTV have been mounted throughout the restaurant and bar. "We can get just about every sporting event anybody wants to see," he said.

Monday nights will be trivia night. Tuesdays will be family night with family portions of daily specials. Wednesdays are slated to be comedy night with comedians at the mike. On Thursdays there will be light dinner music with jazz and blues musicians and somebody playing the piano.

Live bands will be featured on Friday and Saturday nights. "We plan to book as many as we can and get some well-known groups in," Rhodes said. He hasn't set closing hours for those nights, except to say the restaurant would stay open "till the last person leaves."

Brunch will still be served on Saturdays and Sunday, but on Sunday Rhodes is adding a small buffet with omelet and waffle stations and fresh fruit.

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