Buxy's Salty Dog Saloon
Our Story, Our Family, Our Business
Douglas A. “Buxy” Buxbaum grew up in Johnstown, PA. He, like so many others who have made Ocean City their home, started out here working seasonally in the summers while attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), from which he graduated with a degree in business.
Buxy’s early Ocean City gigs included working at The Purple Moose Saloon, Brass Balls Saloon, Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille, Bull on the Beach, and M.R. Ducks.
As a cook, doorman, bar-back and finally bartender, Buxy learned the ins and outs of the restaurant world. He traveled back and forth from Ocean City to Florida , working the race track in Hollywood in the winters and bartending in Ocean City during the Summers. In 1988, Buxy started looking for a restaurant to call his own. When the original Salty Dog at 28th Street and Coastal Highway became available, Buxy made the plunge and opened the doors to the new Buxy’s Salty Dog in April of 1999.
Since that time, Buxy’s has welcomed many great staff members, some of whom are still part of the Salty Dog team. Many of them return with their growing families each summer to say hi and catch up.
Buxy’s is a complete transformation of the old Salty Dog. From its beginnings with pool tables, popcorn, and draft beer it has grown into a full-service bar and restaurant, featuring music and live bands, 35″ TVs for maximum sports enjoyment, endless drink options, and opportunities for friends to meet and share good times and camaraderie. It is the local destination for many tourists and travelers who visit the Shore each year.
The Western Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh theme started when Buxy decided to dedicate a special wall in the bar to his hometown of Johnstown. Over the years, many loyal customers, friends and family from that area of Pennsylvania brought in memorabilia, photos, signs, and sports gear to reflect the region. We now like to say, “We are a little piece of Steel City in Ocean City” and a great place to cheer on the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates!
Buxy and his wife Annie have four children; Bridget, Joseph, Frankie, and Andrew. You might see some of the older kids helping out in the kitchen and on the floor when the local work force goes back to college.
Buxy, Annie and family consider themselves fortunate to be able to welcome many great customers, staff, and friends into their saloon year after year. Such loyal customers and staff, now great and valued friends, are what have made Buxy’s Ocean City’s original hometown tavern with a flavor of the Burgh!
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