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Eat'n Park is closing in Medina


Five Eat’n Park restaurants, including one in Medina, will close around Northeast Ohio next month.

The Medina location, which opened June 1996 at 1007 N. Court St., is set to close Sunday, Feb. 17.

About 200 employees will lose their jobs, including more than 50 in Medina.

“Although this decision makes sense from a business perspective, it is always difficult to part with team members who shared their loyalty and talents with us,” Mercy Senchur, COO of Eat’n Park Restaurants, said in a statement. “We are grateful to them.”

Management at the store said Thursday that they were not permitted to speak to the media and referred all inquiries to Kevin O’Connell, chief marketing officer with Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group, who didn’t return a phone message.

Employees will be able to transfer to another Eat’n Park Hospitality Group location or receive a severance, a news release said.

The Homestead, Pennsylvania-based company is closing its Eat’n Park locations to focus on its Hello Bistro salad-and-burger concept.

A Hello Bistro location was recently opened adjacent to Beachwood Place Mall and another is being constructed at Summit Mall in Fairlawn.

The other Eat’n Park locations closing in Ohio are in Mentor, Boardman, Willoughby and Chapel Hill. One location is also closing in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Eat’n Park will continue to operate Ohio locations in Austintown, Warren, Steubenville and St. Clairsville.

Eat’n Park is a family-friendly restaurant that serves American comfort food, as well as its signature Smiley cookies.

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