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Oliver's Pub & Restaurant closes its doors

Long Meadow Shopping Center fixture a victim of economy

Long Meadow Shopping Center fixture a victim of economy

December 29, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Oliver's Pub & Restaurant, a staple of the Long Meadow Shopping Center in Hagerstown, closed its doors for good Monday after nearly 25 years of business.

Don Olson, who owned Oliver's for 17 1/2 years, said he closed the bar and restaurant because of the sluggish economy.

"All you have to do is look at the economy," Olson said. "It's been a great run. We've had loyal customers. I'm going to miss them."

In addition to his customers, Olson said he would miss several longtime employees who, in some cases, had worked at the business for more than a decade.

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"We've had a core group of people," Olson said. "They become like family to you."

Olson said Oliver's situation was made worse three or four years ago because he didn't feel there was enough parking for his customers.

Oliver's stepped up advertising and offered price specials to increase business, Olson said, but nothing worked.

Olson said he planned to sell the equipment from the business and "move on from there."

"I've had some people express interest in it already," Olson said. "I have no idea what my future plans are going to be."

Bill Fennel and Richard Roulette, who at the time was a Washington County commissioner, opened Oliver's in June 1984. Roulette sold his share of the business to Fennel in April 1989. Roulette said he decided to sell because he didn't have enough time for his family between running the business and being a county commissioner.

Over the years, Oliver's featured jazz bands and was the site of an April 1987 vocal performance by Judy Carne, who was best known as the Sock-it-to-Me Girl on the popular 1960s TV show "Laugh-In."

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