Lucky’s Sporthouse Will Close After Super Bowl
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — It’s almost time for last call at Lucky’s sports bar near the Mohegan Sun Arena.
After more than 10 years in business, Lucky’s Sporthouse at 110 Schechter Drive will close following the end of business on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3.
A sign posted inside the business says the franchise owners are “making way for another exciting restaurant concept,” and details about the new venture would be announced at a later date.
Meanwhile, the franchise owner, the Dallas-based Metz Group, is looking for another location to open a Lucky’s Sporthouse, the sign said.
The business was full of customers Friday night, many of whom were just learning of the restaurant’s planned closing.
“We come here every week, every Friday. Where are we going to get our wings now?” said Will Cameron, 21, a King’s College student from Oakland, New Jersey.
Cameron and four classmates are regulars for the half-price appetizers during happy hour. Their favorite waitress knows their orders by heart, they said. She didn’t have the heart to tell them the news as they departed on Friday.
“See you next week?” she asked. They said yes.
“She told us to read the sign on our way out,” said Ben Bakanas, 21, of Maple Shade, New Jersey.
Next Friday will be their farewell meal.
“We have to do the last supper here,” said Aaron Kratz, 21, of Boyertown.
News of the impending closure was made public Friday when the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre posted on Facebook that Lucky’s was hosting a fundraiser for the kitchen in its final days.
As it closes, Lucky’s is hosting a silent auction of nearly 30 items of its sports memorabilia, including autographed jerseys. Starting bids for each item is half of its estimated value. All proceeds will be donated to the kitchen. A binder with photos of the items and bidding sheets is located at the entrance to Lucky’s.
The company announced any unused gift cards could be redeemed at other Metz-owned eateries, including TGI Friday’s restaurants in Wilkes-Barre and Dickson City, Ruth’s Chris Steak House or Wolfgang Puck Express at the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino, and Lucky’s Craft Food and Drink at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Several Lucky’s employees said they were being offered jobs at other Metz-owned properties.
The Metz Group opened Lucky’s in October 2008 in the spot where Pizzeria Uno opened five years earlier.
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