Brick House Restaurant to close its doors
Popular downtown restaurant/tavern marked 10 years at location
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.
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.