By Diana Hammell
The Caledonia Argus
In a land where everyone has a nickname, Ron McCormick’s new bar/restaurant is called Buzzard’s, after Buzz, which is what everyone calls Ron himself. McCormick’s friends are also heard to call him Fr. McCormick, or when he is in the kitchen cooking, Hop Sing. According to his patrons and those who work for him in the restaurant, McCormick is one popular guy and one of the best liked in town.
McCormick grew up in Waukon, Iowa but ever since he married his wife, Lori, about 25 years ago, they’ve lived in New Albin. Lori works at Gundersen in La Crosse and they have two daughters, one of which fills in at Buzzard’s but also has a full time job at Gundersen. Buzz and Lori also have a granddaughter, “And she has dimples just like her Grandpa,” a bar patron chimed in.
“We’re having the time of our lives,” Buzz said about starting out and working in his restaurant. “Buzz enjoys himself no matter what he’s doing,” Darrel Fetketter, a Buzzard’s patron said.
Friends encouraged him to do this. He actually built the building where the restaurant is located himself six or seven years ago. He didn’t like the bar being closed so he thought he would give it a try. He thought it was too nice of a place to be closed so he reopened it himself.
“Pizza is our #1 seller,” Buzz said. “Our burgers are fresh and come from the City Meat Market here in New Albin,” Peggy Miller, who works in the restaurant, said. “We have a seafood pizza; a bacon-cheeseburger and pickle pizza, which has a ketchup and mustard base with burger, bacon, onions, pickles and cheddar, just like a bacon cheeseburger; and one of the best taco pizzas around. The taco pizza is our best seller. We have really good wraps too.”
“We have the coldest beer around,” McCormick added.
An outdoor deck will be added onto the building sometime soon by McCormick himself who was in the construction business before branching out into his restaurant.
Rachel Schumert and Peggy Miller are the full-time people who work at Buzzard’s. “We’re known for our Bloody Marys,” Miller said. “Sunday is Sunday Fun Day here and bloodies are on special and are very good.”
Buzzard’s, located at 176 Oak Street in New Albin, has a nice open area with TVs over the bar for sports viewing. They’re open every day of the week from 10:30 a.m. until close, which could be 2 a.m. if patrons are still there. The kitchen closes at 8 p.m. every day except Friday and Saturday when it closes at 10 p.m. Pizzas can be made after the kitchen closes at the bartenders’ discretion.