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Posted: November 15th, 2013

Wagner’s Bar & Grille, which closed a week ago after a 13-year run, will reopen Wednesday under a new name and new ownership.

Erie native and longtime businessman Bruce Hoffman said he expects to close today on the purchase of the property and the liquor license from previous owner Bill Wagner.

Hoffman, who said he’s already cleaned and updated the tavern at 1002 W. Eighth St., said it will reopen Wednesday as Bruce’s Pub & Grub.

A former management consultant, manufacturing manager and sales director, Hoffman said, “I have always liked cooking and I have always wanted to have a restaurant. I like people and making people happy.”

Hoffman, who concedes the tavern has gone downhill in recent years, said he plans to reverse that trend with a clean atmosphere, friendly employees and daily lunch and dinner specials.

But he doesn’t plan to change everything.

“I think we are still a tavern,” he said. “We are a place where you can come and know you can come and get some good food and good service.”

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Posted: September 16th, 2013

Another locally owned Erie restaurant has closed its doors.

This time it was Patrick’s Family Restaurant, which opened 25 years ago this summer at 4041 Buffalo Road, Harborcreek Township.

Owners Patrick and Marilyn Short, who met at what is now Mercyhurst University, were busy cleaning up today after closing the doors Sunday evening.

The couple said a number of factors contributed to their decision.

Growing competition, pending layoffs at GE Transportation and the uncertainty of the Affordable Health Care Act were all part of the equation, they said.

But in the end, Patrick Short said, they couldn’t successfully come to terms on a lease agreement with the building’s Connecticut-based owner.

Short said the owner wanted them to commit to a five-year lease and wasn’t willing to make improvements to the building.

Five years was too long, Patrick short said.

“Who knows what’s going to happen in five years?” he said.

Both Patrick and Marilyn Short say they hope this isn’t the end of their time in the restaurant business. They said they’ll be looking for a new location, but don’t have any leads just yet.

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Posted: April 25th, 2013

It wasn’t quite “Restaurant Impossible” fast, but the restoration of Applebee’s on West 12th Street was plenty fast.
Four days after the restaurant closed its doors Sunday, it is set to reopen at 4 p.m. today with a new look and new food and drink selections.

The restoration is part of a broader effort by the Applebee’s chain of about 2,000 locations to renovate each of them through a cooperative effort with the franchisees.

The most visible exterior change will be the replacement of the exterior, striped awnings with new oversized awnings designed to elongate the look of the building.

Inside, pop culture memorabilia has been replaced with photos and murals, designed to give the restaurant what Applebee’s calls “a neighborhood feel.”

Guests are told to expect warmer color tones and a contemporary design.

Nick Scott Jr., vice president of Scott Enterprises, which owns Applebee’s locations in Erie and Meadville, said “We are breathing new life into our West 12th St. Applebee’s location, giving it a stronger connection to its neighborhood and providing our guests with new experiences.”

Members of the kitchen staff were also given additional training during the restaurant’s brief shutdown.

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Posted: April 25th, 2012

Two years after Pio’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria closed its doors, the smell of pizza is once again wafting from the building at 813 East Ave.

This time, however, those smells are coming from Empire 13 Pizza, a father-and-son business owned by Halid and Amar Jasarevic, who came to the United States from Bosnia in 1995.

The restaurant, which offers pizza, subs and other food in its dining room and for takeout, features both regular, hand-tossed dough and a version made with bacon.

“A lot of people are liking it, but a lot of other people don’t want to try it,” said Amar Jasarevic, who worked in a number of other restaurants before starting his own.

The former Pio’s, which opened in 1970, struggled to regain its footing after a 2008 fire closed the restaurant for more than four months.

When Pio’s did reopen, it faced financial problems and unpaid bills related to the fire. The restaurant closed in March 2010.

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Posted: May 6th, 2010

The former Bruster’s Ice Cream location on Peach Street will soon be home to a new Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Nancy Augustine, zoning administrator for Summit Township, said that MGD Associates has received a building permit to build a 70-seat restaurant at 6611 Peach St.
Chipotle, the name for a smoked jalapeño pepper, is also the name Steve Ells gave to the restaurant chain he founded in Denver in 1993.
That chain, publicly traded since 2006, now includes 956 restaurants in 35 states.
Chipotle trades heavily on what it calls “Food With Integrity,”a commitment to increased use of foods grown organically or without the use of pesticides and antibiotics.

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