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North Atherton Eat’n Park To Close Next Month

Well, Western Pennsylvanians, you win some, you lose some.

While the opening of Sheetz downtown is an admittedly nice addition to grub options for Pittsburghers looking for a take-out taste of home, the comfort of Eat’n Park, which is located on North Atherton, will no longer be available. According to the Centre Daily Times, the restaurant will close its doors on October 4 after 24 years in business, citing a decline in sales and a lack of sustainability of the brand at the location.

Employees, of which there are 49, were told of the closing Wednesday night, and will have the option to receive a severance package or travel to nearby franchise locations. Unfortunately, the closest Eat’n Parks are in Altoona or DuBois.

The restaurant has been an active member of the Penn State and State College community, including THON, for which it has raised more than $400,000 over the last 21 years. Spokesman Kevin O’Connell told the CDT that the franchise will still hope to remain active in the community, and doesn’t ignore the possibility of opening another State College location in the future.

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Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.

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