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New owners of Alibis Eatery & Spirits to expand hours

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Three new partners have bought Alibis Eatery & Spirits in Carlisle and plan to expand the restaurant's hours in the near future.

“I found myself laid off, and I started to look around for a restaurant to buy,” said new owner Craig Willacy of Boiling Springs.

This is the first business venture for Willacy and his partners: friend Alex Raitz of California and George Brander of South Middleton Township.

He had previously discussed owning a restaurant with them, and the sale of Alibis at 10 N. Pitt St. was just the perfect opportunity, he said. Willacy has 25 years of experience in the food service industry.

Willacy said he and his partners closed the Alibis deal on Oct. 28. He declined to release the purchase price.

The restaurant was formerly owned by David Brooks, Richard Bucher and John Schnibben, retired military officers from the Army War College. They bought the former Plunket bar in 2006 and renovated it to create Alibis.

The restaurant will retain its name and the popular Tuesday trivia game nights, Willacy said. However, it will get fresh paint inside and out, as well as new floors, tables and chairs. Willacy, who grew up in England, said he would like to give the restaurant a traditional pub feel.

The menu will have new items in the coming weeks, he said. By the end of the year, Alibis will have expanded hours, too. Willacy plans to open the restaurant for lunch and go to seven days a week.

“It can be a whole lot of fun, owning a restaurant,” Willacy said. “But it’s a whole lot of work.”

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Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan covers Cumberland County, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jimr@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JimTRyanCPBJ.

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