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Twitter Reacts To State College Legend The Skeller Closing

Owners of The All-America Rathskeller announced late Monday afternoon the legendary bar and its adjacent restaurant, Spats Café, will close because owners of the building decided not to renew their lease. 

Simply put, The Skeller is a pillar of downtown State College. Stroll by on any weekend night — and many weeknights — and you’ll see a line leading up the sidewalk from the entrance to College Avenue. On a football weekend Friday, it’ll probably stretch around the corner as students and alumni alike line up to share a case of Rocks.

After the news broke, Penn Staters took to Twitter to share their disappointment in the decision. And they’re not messing around.

First reactions were disappointed at best, and devastated at worst.

But then, someone had a revelation: Rather than just being upset about the Skeller closing, Penn Staters could try to keep it open.

Chuck and Neil Herlocher — yes, those Herlochers — bought the property in June. At that time, they told the Centre County Gazette, “Business there will continue as usual.”

And thus #SaveTheSkeller was born, and folks began advocating to give Herlocher Foods a piece of the collective Penn State mind.

Rah rah to grassroots campaigns! As we learned earlier this month, Twitter can be a powerful thing.

“The way the Rathskeller has changed hands, the owner has always sold it to someone who would be a good caretaker. It wasn’t necessarily a short-term profit scheme,” owner Duke Gastiger said in 2015. “This is a family institution.”

And that family includes Penn Staters past and present.

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