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A Southmont landmark has closed its doors – again.

Sunday was the last day of business for Johnstown Brewing Co. Restaurant and Pub off Menoher Boulevard.

Few details were available Monday, but the five-year-old business entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy late last year.

“We really don’t want to release a statement until we’ve talked to all the attorneys,” co-owner Ralph Lovette said, taking a break from loading items into a pickup outside the business.

In December, Lovette said the bankruptcy protection would be used as an opportunity to reorganize company finances. The plan was to come back “bigger and better,” Lovette said at the time.

The business took a hit from the extended closing of Menoher Boulevard for much of the winter after rockslides on Nov. 27 and Dec. 27 shut down the main artery.

“It has affected us in a number of ways,” Lovette said just before the road reopened in March. “When you close the third-most-traveled highway for an extended time, it will have an impact. On our business, it had a very negative impact, particularly at lunchtime.”

The road closing also made it hard for out-of-town visitors to find the popular nightspot, he said.

Johnstown Brewing opened in March 2003 as the latest in a string of businesses that have operated in the 942 Pinegrove Lane building formerly known as Ye Olde Country Club and the Bethlehem Management Club. The building was used for years by Bethlehem Steel Corp. for meetings and social events.

Lovette and his partners purchased the former Lino’s Restaurant and Banquet Room, which operated for about four years.

Three other restaurants briefly operated in the building before Lino’s.

Johnstown Brewing Co. was a site for business meetings and social events.

Owners contacted those with events scheduled to notify them the business was closing, said Lovette’s wife, Susan.

“It was our first concern after notifying our employees,” Susan Lovette said.

Management first contacted other restaurants and meeting venues to provide options for the groups, she added.

“We did the best we could,” Ralph Lovette said.

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