WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A restaurant near the Arena Hub Plaza damaged in last month’s EF-2 tornado was recently condemned and its building will have to be demolished.
Stations Grill, located next to Ashley Furniture and a Sprint store off Mundy Street, broke the news to its loyal customers in a Facebook post Saturday morning.
The post read: “We want to thank all of our patrons and friends who have supported our small family business over the years. It was an honor and a privilege to serve our community and we thank you for everything.”
But the owner, Shaun Cikovic, is optimistic about re-establishing his business somewhere else one day.
“You can’t prepare for something like this in Wilkes-Barre,” Cikovic said of the June 13 tornado.
“I found out last week that they condemned the building,” he added. “Now we are just trying to sell everything off.”
The sell-off Cikovic mentioned took place Saturday in the eatery’s parking lot. The sale mostly consisted of small wares and equipment.
“It’s sad to see everything go,” he said. “It’s good that somebody is taking the stuff but it was a part of the business. We came in every day to work. It’s just sad.”
Customers are now wondering what’s next for Stations.
“We are going to see what the insurance gives,” Cikovic said. “We are also seeing what else is out there and what location we could possibly open back up.
“As of right now we haven’t made any decisions, but I think we have a pretty good brand. We really want to stay local.”
Stations has been a staple in the community for five-and-a-half years.
Brianna Powis, 21, of Mountain Top, has been a loyal customer from the start.
“Me and my friends from high school always went to Stations,” Powis said. “When I got to college, I introduced all my friends to Stations, and they were hooked.”
Stations’ Facebook post encouraged followers to leave a comment about their favorite memory of the place.
“I don’t have one specific memory,” Powis said. “I just loved sitting outside on the patio sharing great food with great friends.”
Cikovic was touched by what customers were posting to Stations’ Facebook page.
“Seeing the outpouring from our followers is the reason why we want to come back because we have such a loyal following,” he explained. “They aren’t just customers, they are also family.”
While Stations Grill’s next move is still in limbo, Cikovic is maintaining a positive outlook.
“I just want to thank the loyal fans. It’s been a great five-and-a-half years, and hopefully soon we will be back doing what we love.”
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