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Grille at Park Circle closing

January 20, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- The Grille at Park Circle, with its varied menu and unique historical decor, is gone, another victim of the bad economy.

Richard E. Roulette, part owner of the restaurant near City Park, said the decision was made to close the restaurant Tuesday following a gradual slowdown in business and increasing food costs, among other factors.

Roulette said there has been a 20 percent decline in business at the restaurant over the past year.

Even the people who were coming in were not spending as much, said Roulette, a former Washington County Commissioner.

"People are tightening up and I understand that completely," Roulette said Tuesday afternoon.

Notices of the closure were posted outside the restaurant Tuesday and Roulette said anyone who still has gift certificates for the eatery can contact the restaurant to get their money back.

The local attraction offered dishes like ribs, pizza and seafood, as well as unique creations like crispy potato waffles topped with crab meat. That dish started as a kitchen experiment, and included melted cheese and a dose of Old Bay Seasoning.

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The restaurant was also used to display artifacts Roulette and co-owner Robert H. Ginsberg collected, such as jerseys that once belonged to Cal Ripken Jr. and Johnny Unitas, and Pete Rose's batting helmet.

Roulette said he remembered opening the restaurant after Ripken broke the record for the most consecutive baseball games played.

"It was a great party," Roulette said.

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