A return to happy days at the Hash House Car Hop

DJ’s Hash House in Southwick is hosting weekend Car Hops where a waitress will bring your meal right to your vehicle on a car tray. (SUSAN DUFFY PHOTO)

SOUTHWICK – D&J’s Hash House is bringing back happy days with its old-fashioned Car Hop.

This is the ultimate socially distanced way to enjoy a meal out.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., cars can park in the designated car hop parking spots at the Hash House. A waitress will greet you and take your order and deliver it to your car. While the waitresses will not be on roller skates, meals will come on a tray that attaches to the driver’s side window.

Owner Susan Duffy said five months into the pandemic, people are still cautious about being inside a public space.

“We want to cater to everyone; the car hop allows people to sit in their cars and enjoy their meals,” Duffy said. “I got the idea when one of the waitresses, Olivia DiNicola, who used to work at a car hop in Pittsfield, suggested it to me as a way to boost business.”

The restaurant is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. The car hop will be available on Saturday and Sunday mornings, for now.

The Car Hop, complete with driver’s side trays, is making a come back during the pandemic. (SUSAN DUFFY PHOTO)

“We are considering the possibility of opening up a dinner menu to the public on Friday and Saturday nights if the car hop brings enough people on Saturday and Sunday mornings,” Duffy said.

Hash House – like most businesses – temporarily closed its doors when COVID-19 hit hard in mid-March.

“We did close during the pandemic on March 16 and stayed closed until we could open our outdoor dining on June 10,” Duffy said. “Our outside patio was useful during the time the state was only allowing outdoor dining. Since June 22 we have been open seven days a week for indoor and outdoor seating.”

Duffy is excited to be back open and offering more ways for her customers to enjoy her food and stay safe.

“All the food on the menu is made to order with fresh ingredients,” noted Duffy. “Breakfast and lunch is served all day.”


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