Buzzys reopens in time for Pioneer Days

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The Jason Chiquete family were the first customers to enter the doors to place an order. Chiquete was instrumental in setting up the Facebook page titled Operation Rebuild Buzzys. (Diana Herrick photo)

Kearny native Lyndsey Bingham, (r), who now lives in Tucson, expresses her opinion after getting her order at Buzzys. (Diana Herrick photo)

A happy dance was in order while waiting in line at Buzzys last Saturday. (Diana Herrick photo)

Copper Basin News

The long awaited re-opening of the iconic Buzzys Drive In, located in Kearny, happened last Saturday and was met with an over-whelming response of loyal and Buzzys hungry patrons.

Lines began to form way before the 10 a.m. opening of the doors and snaked out over the parking lot and beyond by noon. Parking was limited and people used the Napa area and Hand-Me-Up Shop area to park. Walking to get in line didn’t seem to phase most people and the crowds kept coming all day and evening.

The re-opening date was extra special as it was held in conjunction with this year’s annual Pioneer Days celebration and many, if not hundreds who come home for the weekend’s events were able to again enjoy the treats reminding them of their youth.

The pre-existing Buzzys building was destroyed in a fire last August. After a six-month effort by the family owned business aided by many community members who volunteered their time and expertise, vanilla, chocolate and cherry Pepsis, green and red chili burros, burgers and fries, tacos, fry bread and much more are again available.

Vicki Clark (23 Posts)

Vicki started her career in the journalism field while attending Ray High School in Kearny with an excellent teacher who took her by the hand and guided her. She worked on the school newspaper and as a senior was a co-editor. Her dream was to go on to college to study journalism and eventually to travel the world reporting the news. This dream was interrupted by life circumstances. She stayed in Kearny and went to work for the Copper Basin News in 1964 as a typesetter. Her editor was Ira Q. Toler and he also was a good teacher. After marrying and having children, her desires to again work in the newspaper field surfaced. She responded to an ad for a position in advertising for the Copper Basin News which included selling, lay-out and design. She was hired on the spot. The business has greatly changed with technology and the introduction of desktop publishing. She was fortunate enough to be a part of it. She has now worked for Copper Area News Publishers on and off for over 30 years, starting when John Seater was the publisher. She has held many positions over the years, but is most proud to be named a reporter. She loves to write and is so grateful for being given that chance.


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