Philadelphia, PA - S & W Restaurant, the main street staple in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. announced on Facebook that customers have had their last S&W meal.
Wilkes-Barre Landmark Closes Its Doors
In a farwell post, the current owners stated, "Is the end of a 68-year journey for the Schmid and Wilcox families' business. Beginning with our grandfather "Pop" Lorenzo Schmid as "Larry's Lunch" in 1952, the S&W Restaurant was launched in 1966 by our father Ernie Schmid Sr, and our Uncle Carl Wilcox. 24 Hours a day, day in and day out!"
While the owners had been considering closing since last year, the current COVID regulations were part of the decision to close for good.
Ernie and Joe Schmid started out as dishwashers at 9 and 10 years old, and 19 years ago, they purchased the restaurant.
"We always did our very best to serve you, and your response, from the huge weekend crowds to the many faithful everyday customers, has been humbling and overwhelming at the same time," mentioned Ernie and Joe Schmid. "At this time, we would like to thank you, your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and even great-great-grandparents for your patronage through seven decades."
The restaurant and buildings will be listed for sale in the coming months; however, decades of memories will always be remembered by the community it served.
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