WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Sunday’s Easter crowd will be the last big holiday the Mountain Gate Family Restaurant staff will serve before closing its doors on April 7.
After serving its country-style meals for 16 years at 10530 Buchanan Trail East in Waynesboro, the Mountain Gate Family Restaurant is closing.
“It’s time that we condense down and get a little more focused, and see if we can do a better job at our other location (in Thurmont, Md.),” said Keith McCleaf, of the McCleaf family who owns the Mountain Gate Family Restaurants in Waynesboro and Thurmont.
The Mountain Gate Family Restaurant at 133 Frederick Road in Thurmont will remain open, he said.
McCleaf said the decision to close the Waynesboro restaurant was difficult.
“We have two restaurants and an event center (Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle, Pa.), and we just feel like we’re a little stretched,” McCleaf said. “We feel like we would do a better job if we can focus on fewer things.”
Andy Yu, owner of Simply Asia in Thurmont, will lease the restaurant building from the McCleaf family and open 88 Spices Restaurant at 10530 Buchanan Trail East.
“This will be an opportunity for another organization to come in and offer another variety of things to the community which we don’t offer,” McCleaf said.
“And we’re not that far away for those who truly want to visit us. Thurmont isn’t that far.”
Yu said he plans to offer some of the Mountain Gate favorites such as the country chicken and mashed potatoes as well as add some new foods.
“We’re doing a little bit of international,” he said.
“We’ll close down the week of April 8 to paint and make it a little bit different,” Yu said.
He hopes to reopen as 88 Spices by April 15.
Yu said he plans to serve lunch and dinner during the week and breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends.
About 60 people are currently employed at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant near Waynesboro, McCleaf said. Yu has offered those employees staff positions with 88 Spices Restaurant, McCleaf said.
“I have employees that have been with me since day one in Waynesboro. So, obviously there’s a connection with those people. We’ve been working together for 16 years,” McCleaf said.