Two restaurants owned by the same Elizabethtown businessman have shut down abruptly.
Oh Yeah Grille, which opened in June in the former Trolley Stop Diner building at 346 Hershey Road, was open for the last day on Friday, July 29. Pita Pit, a franchise that has operated for years at 28 S. Market St. in downtown Elizabethtown, announced on Tuesday, Aug. 1, that it had closed and would not reopen.
“To everyone who has supported us over the past three years, we cannot thank you enough,” Pita Pit Elizabethown’s announcement on Facebook said. “Some of you we saw almost everyday and there was nothing better than to see your friendly faces ordering your favorite pitas every week. To our amazing staff that has truly become our Pita Pit Family, we appreciate your hard work and dedication. It has been a pleasure to serve you, Etown. Pita Pit Etown is now closed and will not reopen. This is a positive move for our family and we’re excited for what the future brings.”
Andrew Schoenberger owned Pita Pit Elizabethtown since buying the franchise from previous operator Brad Alexander. He was co-owner of Oh Yeah Grille along with business partner Chris Rosa, who was also the restaurant’s executive chef.
The Lancaster newspaper LNP reported that Andrew Schoenberger announced the closing of Oh Yeah Grille on the restaurant’s Facebook page. That Facebook page has since been deleted.
Schoenberger took responsibility for the independent restaurant’s closure while crediting Rosa for his work as a chef, LNP reported.
“Thank you to all the great customers who supported us in our short existence,” Schoenberger said in the post about Oh Yeah Grille, according to the LNP article.
Schoenberger declined to offer any comment on why the Oh Yeah Grille closed when an LNP reporter contacted him by phone.
Schoenberger wrote on Facebook that Elizabethtown has a thriving central business district and he is confident that the Pita Pit space will not be vacant long.
“Small businesses leave town for many reasons not all are bad. Pita Pit is making way for another business and because my families needs have changed. Not because Etown couldn’t support it,” Schoenberger wrote.