The “closed” sign is about to be set in front of Mealey’s Restaurant and Pub once again.
Owner Carl Miller is closing the eatery for the second time in less than two years because the food and the restaurant’s sales aren’t meeting his expectations, he said Wednesday.
“They don’t have the class of food there that I would like,” he said. “It’s not getting any better.”
The restaurant opened under new management less than a year ago on July 25, 2012, but this version of the Main Street anchor will close July 19.
Susan Shipley Witmer, general manager, said the restaurant was doing as well as could be expected, but it generally takes a few years for new restaurants to break even throughout the industry.
“Things were going as I anticipated for the first year,” Witmer said. “It’s a struggle with any new business.”
The restaurant added live music three days a week and specialty infused cocktails since reopening. She said the restaurant saw a long stretch of month-to-month sales increases until last winter, a traditionally slow time in the business.
Witmer also said the business is picking up again with the warm weather, and groups were renting out space in the building for rehearsal dinners and other parties.
Miller said the building and the restaurant will be listed for sale soon and that the restaurant will not remain open throughout the sale.
The three-story, 9,442-square-foot building at 8 West Main St. — which began as the Utz Hotel in 1793 and later was a general store until it became an eatery in the early 1900s — has experienced a rough patch in the last several years.
The New Market landmark closed in March 2009 and was on the market for more than 21⁄2 years before Miller scooped it up.
Mealey’s Table, a farm-to-table, new American-style restaurant opened in April 2012 but was closed by Miller after just six weeks.
“I gave it a year and that was a good try,” Miller said of the restaurant’s most recent resurrection.
He said he spoke with accountants in February about whether to keep the restaurant and decided last month to close.
In a Facebook message Wednesday, Witmer posted a message to the restaurant’s customers.
“We have made a great run at it, but the owner has decided to sell,” she wrote. “I greatly appreciate all the wonderful customers we have come to love over the past 11 months.”
A party is planned for the restaurant’s last night in business under the current management.
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