New Holland Family Restaurant – a staple in this eastern Lancaster County town for the past quarter century – will serve its last meal Aug. 31.
Owners Gary and Ruthie Glick broke the news on Facebook that they were retiring “to spend time with family and enjoy life,” and that they were closing the eatery at 624 W. Main St., Earl Township, with “mixed emotions.”
The couple owned the restaurant, which offers a broad menu including Pennsylvania Dutch favorites, since 1998. The property started as a Dairy Queen in 1954.
“You are the heart of our business! We appreciate serving you and all your support the last 25 years! We are closing Aug. 31st so come in say your last farewells, wish Gary and Ruthie happy retirement, enjoy our food and use those gift cards up. Make it a bittersweet shebang and help us go out in style!!”
In a letter posted on Facebook and signed by the Glicks, they wrote:
“We have worked hard along with our wonderful employees to serve you and give you a good place to eat. You have stuck with us thru the good & the bad times and for that we will be forever grateful. … Many of you are almost like family to us and we will miss you greatly.”
The feeling is mutual, judging by the more than 100 Facebook comments. A sampling:
“So sad to see a good restaurant closing. Food was always great! Wishing you the best in retirement!!”
“I am so sorry to hear that you are closing. We love your restaurant and eat there frequently. Good luck to you in the future.”
“Best rice pudding around.”
“Can’t blame you guys for wanting to retire but I sure will miss that place.”
“Definitely one of our favorite places to eat … awesome food (and) the absolute best ribs I’ve ever had, (and) I’ve had a lot. Enjoy your retirement Gary (and) Ruthie, you’ve definitely earned it.
P.S. Yo Gary, does this mean I can finally get your sauce recipe for your ribs?”
Paula Wolf is a freelance writer