The All-American Rathskeller will officially close January 27, 2018, according to a new post on its official Facebook page Sunday night.
Duke and Monica Gastiger, the current owners of the Skeller, announced last week the iconic bar and adjacent restaurant Spats Café will close due to owners of the building, the Herlochers, not renewing their lease. The lease officially runs through February 28, 2018.
Thousands of Penn Staters were immediately up in arms following the announcement the bar would be forced to close, starting a campaign to #SaveTheSkeller on Twitter, signing a petition, and leaving one-star reviews on the Facebook and Amazon pages of the family’s famous dipping mustard, pledging to boycott the company.
The Herlochers published an open letter to the community Tuesday night saying the new tenants plan to “continue operating the Skeller the way you’ve always known it.” They still haven’t identified the new operators, but said they plan to do so before the end of the year. The letter insisted the new tenants are Penn Staters who understand the value of tradition and the bar’s rich history.
It remains to be seen exactly how the Skeller will continue to operate, but the new tenants haven’t purchased the business from the Gastigers — at least not yet. However, the Gastigers told the Centre Daily Times they would be willing to sell the business and naming rights to new tenants. This sort of agreement, of course, would effectively #SaveTheSkeller.