2020 has been a turbulent year to say the least. As part of our year in review, we take a look back at some local businesses and restaurants that have said goodbye and several that have had to temporarily put a “closed” sign in the window until the COVID-19 pandemic passes.
DiCarlo’s Pizza — downtown York
The pizza franchise closed unexpectedly in January. The restaurant opened in 2013 and re-opened in 2018 under new ownership before closing permanently at the start of this year.
Bricco — Harrisburg
The Harrisburg restaurant closed in November. The restaurant opened in 2006 and has been a longtime partner with the Harrisburg Area Community College’s Benjamin Olewine III School for Culinary Arts. The restaurant cited economic hardships as a reason for the closure via Pennlive reports.
Kimmy’s Cafe — Fawn Grove
The notable cafe in southern York County closed the beginning of this year. The restaurant opened in March 2016 at 106 Mill Road in Fawn Grove.
Vito’s Pizza & Beer — Spring Garden Township
The ma and pa pizzeria closed its doors this year after nearly 60 years in York County. The Spring Garden Township restaurant closed in October, citing COVID-19 restrictions as the catalyst.
Hershey Road Family Restaurant — Hershey
After eight years, the Hershey eatery closed its doors in July. The announcement came via the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Four Brothers Tavern — York
Four Brothers Tavern in Manchester Township closed this summer.
Metro Diner — West Manchester
Metro Diner closed its West Manchester location in March. The Jacksonville-based franchise operates more than 60 locations nationwide and opened its sole York County location in November 2016.
Taste of Sicily — Springettsbury Township
After 15 years, Taste of Sicily announced it would be closing its doors. The deli’s final day of service was Oct. 29.
Stoudt’s Brewery — Lancaster
In February, Stoudt’s Brewery founder Carol Stoudt announced she would be retiring and consequently the 33-year-old brewery would be closings its doors. The restaurant portion of the brewery has remained open, but the Stoudt family is still searching for a potential buyer for the property.
Bald Hills Distillery — Dover
In May, the Dover distillery announced it would be closings its doors due to COVID-19. The distillery opened in 2018 and boasted one of the largest copper stills in the nation. The business cited the inability to host indoor events and live entertainment due to the pandemic as the main catalyst for its closure.
Dentsply Sirona — York
In August, the dental and orthodontic supply company announced plans to close one of its York manufacturing plants. The company will be closing its 470 College Ave. facility early next year and relocating operations and employees to its other York locations. Dentsply Sirona still owns facilities at 1301 Smile Way and 221 W. Philadelphia St. in York. The company currently has plans to expand on a $1 million investment at its Smile Way location.
Crystal Ball Brewing — downtown York
After seven years, Crystal Ball Brewing closed its doors in January. The brewery cited concerns within its distribution chain and difficulties competing with larger scale breweries for its closure.
River Bend & Hop Farm Brewery — Newport
The Perry County brewery closed in November. The brewery opened in 2017 inside a restored century-old barn, according to Pennlive reports.
Grilled Cheese Plus — Harrisburg
The downtown Harrisburg restaurant served its last grilled cheese this past September. Grilled Cheese Plus opened in 2016.
Stagemyer Flower Shop — York
After 43 years, the Stagemyer Flower Shop tied its final flower bouquet. Dan and Karen Hinson opened Stagemyer’s in 1977 in the former site of the Stough family’s flower shop, which opened in 1947. The couple sold the property at 537 N. George St. in June, according to the York County Recorder of Deeds office.
B-Street Pubs — Hanover
The Hanover sub shop announced in December it would be temporarily closing due to COVID-19 concerns. The restaurant is planning to re-open in 2021.
Left Bank — downtown York
The Left Bank was one of the first restaurants in the area to temporarily close when the first surge of COVID-19 cases began. The downtown York restaurant is once again temporarily closing dine-in service until February 2021 and will only be doing chef tables to-go, takeout service and reservations for private parties.
Red Lion Alesmiths — Red Lion
Red Lion Alesmiths closed in July this year, but announced the brewery will be relocating. The brewery opened in November 2019 inside The Hub in Red Lion. Co-owners and Red Lion natives Ed Miller, Chris Grothe and Rich Day plan to re-open the brewery in Hanover, according to an announcement on the brewery’s website.
Bourbon Grill — Hanover
In November, owner Chuck Messersmith announced that Bourbon Grill would be temporarily closing. The restaurant’s sister business, Bourbon Mill in New Oxford, will remain open.
Bottoms Up Brewery — Hanover
The craft brewery announced it will be temporarily closed until further notice. The announcement came via the brewery’s Facebook page addressing construction concerns for the brewery.