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State College Chili’s Officially Closes

UPDATE (May 11, 8:30 p.m.): If you’re in the mood for margaritas and guacamole this week, don’t go to Chili’s. The phone number is disconnected and there’s a small sign in the window that says closed. Next Saturday was supposed to be the restaurant’s last day open for business, but evidently it decided to close up shop when the graduation crowd left State College.

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Original story (May 9, 12:30 p.m.):

It’s a sad day for fans of crispy cheddar bites and American style southwestern cuisine. Chili’s is closing it’s doors on May 16.

Multiple restaurant employees confirmed the rumor the restaurant is closing. The manager and owner have declined to comment on the closing. The restaurant chain’s corporate office was also unable to comment, as the location is an individually-owned franchise. The Chili’s location was opened in 1994 by Stephen Morris.

Despite receiving only 2.5 percent of the view in the first round of our bar bracket, the downtown bar and eatery has always seemed like a popular spot for dinner.

The storefront at 139 S. Allen St. is up for grabs. We can’t confirm what’s moving in to the prime location, but some rumblings of a Champs Sports Grill have made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. There doesn’t appear to be a pending transfer on the location’s liquor license, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s website.

Champs owner Scott Lucchesi has declined comment on the possibility of a Champs location moving in. The popular sports bar, located at 1611 N. Atherton St., would certainly receive a warm welcome downtown.

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