Yes, it is OUR town
That is exactly why OUR town board voted unanimously—4 to 0— to cancel the Washington Street promenade. OUR town board, not Mr. Prager.
My name is Harley Peet and I am the Executive Chef for Bluepoint Hospitality Group. I have called the Eastern Shore my home for the past eighteen years, and have known Mr. Prager nearly as long. I have been a team member at Bluepoint since the company’s founding. I write to introduce myself and to express my deep concern regarding the threats, accusations, and attacks levied against Bluepoint Hospitality Group and, most harshly, against our Principal Paul Prager.
Mr. Prager and his team are dedicated to the preservation and improvement of downtown Easton. The goals of the group have always been to complement and elevate what our small town already has to offer, and to assist in making Easton a destination. Since the inception of the group in 2014, Mr. Prager has never once invoked malicious actions towards any new or existing business in the town of Easton. Towards this end, since pandemic struck, Mr. Prager has amended many lease agreements for a number of his local tenants, and in some cases has not collected a dollar in rent. His goal primary is not one of personal gain. Instead, Mr. Prager and those at Bluepoint seek to improve the town and to create new jobs and opportunities. In order to achieve these goals, Mr. Prager continuously seeks out exceptional employees. Many of Mr. Prager’s highest-ranking employees are women, members of the LGBTQ community, and people of color, all of whom constitute a thriving and diverse portion of our town’s workforce .
Mr. Prager’s personal commitment to EVERY Bluepoint employee is unsurpassed. Mr. Prager has always treated me and the team members with whom I work with the utmost respect, care and professionalism. He has supported individual team members in a number of ways, assisting with medical bills, securing housing, and offering personal guidance. When COVID-19 mandated the temporary closure of indoor dining in Maryland, Mr. Prager made a companywide commitment to compensate each and every employee fully—regardless of rank or position— throughout the pandemic. To clarify, every single employee—regardless of how long the pandemic lasted—received full pay during this time.
During the time of uncertainty, Mr. P not only looked out for his employees, but also gave back to some of the heroic medical personnel fighting COVID from the front lines. An article in the Food and Beverage Magazine—which quotes Mr. Prager as stating “there is no intention of changing the most vital component of the group—its employees” — discusses how Bluepoint delivered fresh meals, loaves of bread and freshly baked desserts to local doctors, nurses and hospital workers working the Saturday night shift at the hospital. Mr. Prager also donating 2,000 masks to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.
I am not an active member of social media and I don’t follow posts or tweets. I have become so frustrated with the recent false claims that I feel I should voice my thoughts and share what I know as fact. The misconceptions and slander of Mr. Prager’s business, ethics and most importantly his family and staff are unquestionably inappropriate and simply not accurate. It’s easy to put a target on the local wealthy businessman and philanthropist. But be sure you know both sides of the story. Hopefully I have shed some light on that.
In conclusion, I would like to urge the local populous to please reach out to me personally with any questions or concerns. I can be found on campus any time – stop in and ask questions and learn a little about what we do, stand for. and believe in. Bluepoint Hospitality Group is always open and willing to help create and execute well-thought out, inclusive and economically stimulating ideas. As a well-capitalized, group we thrive to participate in hyper-local solutions to promote a healthy local economy.
As Executive Chef I am directly responsible for the businesses that are being repeatedly attacked in all the local noise, again if anyone has any issue with anything one of our team members or business is doing, please stop by and let’s figure it out together.
Executive Chef, Bluepoint Hospitality Group