Historic Bar to Close
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A historic State College bar will soon close. The Ratheskeller, which has been serving customers for more than eight decades is closing, it was announced Monday. So, too is Spats Cafe & Speakeasy. Restaurant owners Duke and Monica Gastiger said their leases weren't renewed by the new property owners, so they will be closing both restaurants. The historic All American Rathskeller opened just three days after prohibition was repealed in 1933. Although the final closing date hasn't been set both will serve their last customers in the coming weeks. Both restaurants have played a prominent role in the State College community for decades. The Rathskeller is the longest continually operating bar in Pennsylvania, and is filled with memories that have covered many lifetimes. Spats also is rich in history and character offering State College residents and visitors a sophisticated taste of New Orleans. Both establishments were renowned for their exceptional service, value and unique atmosphere. The Gastigers hope that over the next few weeks their customers will be able to share a dish drink or memory, and celebrate the servers bartenders and kitchen staff for their decades of fine work. Building owner Neil Herlocher said there is a lease in place for new tenants to move in. He said a new restaurant and bar are in the plans even though the iconic name Rathskeller may not continue. Herlocher told us the current employees should expect to be offered jobs in the new establishments.