Brick House Res­tau­rant to close its doors

Pop­u­lar down­town res­tau­rant/tav­ern marked 10 years at lo­ca­tion

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

The Brick House Res­tau­rant — an East High Street sta­ple for the past decade — will be clos­ing its doors later this month.

A post­ing Sept. 5 on the res­tau­rant’s Face­book page, an­nounced the clos­ing of the lo­ca­tion at 152 E. High St. in Pottstown, but in­di­cated that the busi­ness will con­tinue else­where.

“Un­for­tu­nately, all good things come to an end. Kind of. We are mov­ing our op­er­a­tion to Birds­boro and merg­ing with Black­Jax Amer­i­can Pub and Grill,” the post read.

An of­fi­cial clos­ing date has not been an­nounced, but the post in­vites cus­tomers, “to join us in our last weeks of op­er­a­tion at The Brick House lo­ca­tion in Pottstown.”

Black­Jax Amer­i­can Pub and Grill is lo­cated at 668 Ben Franklin High­way (Route 422 east) in Amity Town­ship, and is owned by Brick House own­ers David and Blair Walsh of WGI Hold­ings LLC. Black­Jax, a 12,000 square-foot venue is part of a more than 4-acre prop­erty pur­chased in Oc­to­ber 2010 by the cou­ple. It opened in Septem­ber 2013.

“We have also been work­ing to­wards mov­ing our Montgomery County Liquor Li­cense into an­other con­cept which we will be re­veal­ing af­ter se­cur­ing our mort­gage on our new prop­erty,” the Face­book post con­tin­ued.

The Brick House first opened in March 2008, although work had be­gun more than one year be­fore.

In an in­ter­view ear­lier this year to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of the res­tau­rant, the cou­ple said all the loans they had taken out to get the res­tau­rant open 10 years ago have been paid off, which Blair Walsh said al­lowed them to re­duce prices at the res­tau­rant by 10 per­cent.

When asked if they might con­sider a sec­ond Brick House lo­ca­tion, the cou­ple in­di­cated at that time that they would, although there were no specifics dis­cussed.

Asked in that May in­ter­view whether the Brick House paved the way for other restau­rants like it, Blair Walsh said, “we took away the ques­tion of whether or not it could hap­pen — we made it safer for oth­ers to do it.”

The build­ing at 152 East High Street is owned by 860 Lan­caster L.P., or Bryn Mawr, which pur­chased the build­ing in April 2015 for $1,050,000 from Mat­lack Prop­er­ties. Mat­lack Prop­er­ties had pur­chased the build­ing in 2010 from Pottstown De­vel­op­ment Group L.P., ac­cord­ing to Montgomery County prop­erty records.

Brick House co-owner Blair Walsh de­clined to com­ment prior to press time.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

David Walsh, left and wife Blair Walsh, right, are the own­ers of Pottstown’s Brick House res­tau­rant. Lo­cated at the cor­ner of High and Hanover streets for the past decade, the res­tau­rant will be clos­ing this month, ac­cord­ing to a post Sept. 5 on the Brick House’s Face­book page.

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