Closes

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - BUSI­NESS -

“Af­ter 23 won­der­ful years in busi­ness, we have made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion that it is time for us to move on to other en­deav­ors in our lives.

“As of Mon­day, Nov. 13, we will be clos­ing The Draft­ing Room. We would like to thank ev­ery­one who has come through our doors and be­come long time friends and guests. We would like to thank all of our staff through­out the 23 years who have helped make The Draft­ing Room a won­der­ful and proud place to work.

“Thank you for all of your sup­port.

“—The Wein­traub Fam­ily”

Wein­traub said he and his brother Howard ran the restau­rants to­gether un­til Howard left about three years ago to pur­sue other in­ter­ests.

“It’s been a lit­tle dif­fer­ent” since then, An­drew Wein­traub said. “It’s time to shrink my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and headaches a lit­tle. It takes a lot of ef­fort to run restau­rants”

The Brick­side will honor Draft­ing Room gift cards and those with reser­va­tions will be ac­com­mo­dated there as well.

Wein­traub, 51, of Down­ing­town, said the restau­rant busi­ness has changed no­tice­ably since the Draft­ing Room opened its doors in 1994.

“I think we were the first ones to sell Vic­tory” from a keg, he said of the Down­ing­town craft brewer that opened around the same time.

Call­ing the Draft­ing Room a neigh­bor­hood Amer­i­can restau­rant serv­ing craft beer, Wein­traub said he is tak­ing plenty of good mem­o­ries with him.

“It felt from day one you knew the peo­ple walk­ing through the door,” he said. “They were nice peo­ple who in­ter­acted well with the staff. It felt like a good neigh­bor­hood place.”

One ben­e­fit of the com­pet­i­tive restau­rant busi­ness in the Ex­ton area is that nearly all mem­bers of the staff of The Draft­ing Room have found new jobs, Wein­traub said. To con­tact Busi­ness Writer Brian McCul­lough, call 610-235-2655 or send an email to bm­c­cul­lough@21stcen­tu­ry­media.com.

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