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Stadium Grille closes in West Chester

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The sour economy and onslaught of chain restaurants has claimed as victims Stadium Grille’s two locations. The family-oriented sports restaurant closed its West Goshen and Upper Uwchlan locations at the end of business Monday evening, owner Bob Batley said Wednesday afternoon.

It was years of “the recession — customers who used to go out to dinner two to three times a week went out one to two times a week,” said Batley, of Glen Mills, who opened the West Goshen location on Jan. 26, 1990, in time for patrons to enjoy Super Bowl XXIV. The Chester Springs location in the Eaglepointe Shopping Center opened a few years ago.

Batley said he also was squeezed by competition from chain restaurants. When he first opened in 1990, he said there were 40 restaurants in the greater West Chester area. Now there are more than 100 and “Exton is full of them,” he added. If all that weren’t bad enough, he said it is hard to find a supermarket these days that does not offer ready-made meals that people can take home and heat up. Batley said for the next three weeks, he will be cleaning up the restaurants, “putting them to bed properly. I want to thank the customers, take care of the staff.” Both, he said, were “unbelievably great” over the years.

Batley would like to be remembered for his fundraising work for local school sports programs and charities. Over the last two decades, Batley said, the Stadium Grille raised $280,000 for those causes. With the Philadelphia Phillies headed for the playoffs and local fans eager to cheer them on with a Stadium Grille lunchbox chili cheese dog in hand, Batley could have waited to close his sports restaurants until after the World Series. He said he closed now as a favor to his landlord, a friend for 30 years. It is a lot easier for the landlord to lease the property in the fall than in the dead of winter, he said.

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Shopping in West Chester

Below are a few great stores to check out in downtown West Chester if you happen to be visiting or just strolling around downtown…

Kent Studios at Z Gallery (109 W Gay St, 610-696-5515) features Amazing Paintings on Porcelain with 40 Mid-Atlantic Porcelain Artists, during August. Opening Reception Friday, August 5th.

BIG Diamond Importers (15 W Gay St, 610-692-7707) is offering 30% off all in-stock engagement rings during August.

Sunset Hill Jewelers (23 N High St, 610-692-0374) invites you to their Annual Pink & Peridot Sale with 50% off all in-stock Pink Gemstone & Peridot jewelry August 1st through August 13th.

The 5 Senses (133 W Market St, 610-719-0170) celebrates summer with a
Seriously HOT 20%-60% Off Summer Sale through August 18th.

Ruby Slippers Boutique (18 N High St – 610-719-6040) celebrates the Phillies with a new selection of merchandise — coffee mugs, lunch totes, spinners, mini cell phone holders and hipster bags — all under $35!

PARKING TIP: Your best option for parking in downtown West Chester are the centrally located municipal parking garages. Park as long as you want and have no fear of getting an overtime parking ticket. Go to the Parking Tab for details. Download the updated downtown parking map (PDF).

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