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Snow White Grill closes

June 26, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - A staple of downtown Hagerstown's lunch scene closed Friday after serving hamburgers for the past six decades.

Brian Flook, president of the limited liability company that ran the Snow White Grill on South Potomac Street for about the past year and a half, said the decision to close was made roughly a month ago after business dropped off.

"We were just not able to make financial ends meet," he said. "We couldn't get enough foot traffic."

Flook was among a group of people chosen to operate the restaurant after the Bridge of Life Church purchased the Snow White Grill building in early 2006, said the Rev. Terry King, a church pastor.

He said the church saw an opportunity to make a little money when it learned former owner Bob Logsdon wanted to sell.

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"As soon as it came for sale, we started negotiations," King said.

Despite not being able to make a go of it, he said the church would like to rent the building to someone else.

King said the church hasn't started to advertise the building's availability, but a couple of people have shown interest.

Logsdon said to his knowledge, the restaurant opened during World War II and sold tiny hamburgers, which became its trademark.

He bought the business in 1978 and remained open until selling it to the church.

"We did just fine," Logsdon said. "I just wanted to get out of it."

He said customers could buy a hamburger and french fries for $1 each. Cheeseburgers cost $1.10.

The existing construction in the first block of South Potomac Street might have something to do with the restaurant's demise, Logsdon said.

He suggested the new owner probably would have better luck with running a restaurant there when the construction is finished and more parking spaces open.

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