The New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce would like to dedicate this month’s Member Spotlight in memory of Brenda Troutman. Brenda, a longtime employee of Rosie’s Restaurant and an active member of the New Oxford Lions Club, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2020. Our thoughts continue to be with Brenda’s loved ones.
If winning a million dollars in the lottery is lucky, then Rosie’s Restaurant in New Oxford must be a lucky charm for local lottery hopefuls. Since the restaurant began selling lottery tickets in the early 2000s, Rosie’s has sold not one, not two, but THREE million-dollar lottery tickets. The first winning ticket came in 2005, and the second followed in 2009.
The most recent winner comes in the midst of a year that has had few bright spots due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In late July, Rosie’s celebrated its third big lottery winner, bringing some light and excitement during a difficult time for small businesses.
The Senfts enjoy being a part of the New Oxford community. They have especially found a support system among the other dining establishments around town. The local restaurants have even formed a collaborative network for employment and are quick to refer potential employees to one another as needed.
Pat and Sue also enjoy the bond they share with their customers. Over the years, the Senfts have learned about the history of New Oxford through the stories of their loyal clientele. They have built meaningful relationships with many of the customers, who often come in weekly, or, in some cases, daily.
Perhaps two of the most well-known employees were husband-wife pair Don and Brenda Troutman. The Troutmans worked together at the restaurant for 17 years, often taking over when Pat and Sue were out of town. Brenda created a system that worked well for her and her husband – Brenda was the waitress while Don would get drinks for the customers and bus the tables.
Since they took over the restaurant in 1999, the Senfts have celebrated many milestones with their staff and customers. Rosie’s is where they raised their children, all of whom worked at the restaurant growing up. Pat and Sue have fond memories of hosting picnics and Christmas parties over the years. Rosie’s Restaurant has also been the location of many baby and bridal showers. Oftentimes, guests come back and visit over the years
The Chamber would like to encourage our community to continue to shop and support local. Please support our local restaurants, stores and small businesses that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Your support is vital to our small business community! Show your support on Saturday, November 28 for Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.
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