WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The 1912 Hoover House restaurant has closed after almost six years downtown.
John and Barb Persun moved to Waynesboro in 2004 and opened their restaurant and bar on the first floor of a then-93-year-old house in September 2005.
The business did not meet the couple's goals, John Persun said Wednesday.
"The fondest memory we have is the friends we made and the patrons we received.... We had a couple customers say it's a sad loss for the community, and they enjoyed it," he said.
The Persuns will continue to live in the West Main Street house. John Persun said they will hold onto their liquor license in accordance with rules set forth by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
The 1912 Hoover House was one of Waynesboro's more upscale restaurants, with a menu that included entrees such as crab cakes, tenderloin tip pasta and stuffed flounder. The Persuns stopped serving lunch and reduced hours a year ago.
John Persun said he'll continue his work as a principal at Boyer & Ritter accounting, while his wife will return to her background as a certified public accountant.
According to her husband, Barb Persun plans to stay involved with nonprofit organization Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc., which focuses on downtown revitalization. The restaurant recently had hosted "cognac and cigars" and celebrity bartender fundraisers for the organization.
"We'll continue to support Mainstreet and continue to support the community," John Persun said.
The Hoover House first was a private residence, then a restaurant and personal-care home. The facility was vacant for about six months before being purchased by the Persuns, who had been living in Chambersburg, Pa.