Sports Cafe closed for renovations

An owner of the Sports Cafe & Grille, 244 W. College Ave., said the establishment, closed since mid-December, will soon undergo renovations and reopen 30 to 45 days later.

“We’re going to be doing a lot of exciting things and changing the space inside,” said Kevin Anderson. “I think people will be excited about what we’re doing.”

However, in an earlier phone interview Anderson said he was surprised to learn that a 72-hour shut-off notice from Columbia Gas had been posted on the door Thursday, saying a payment was due by Jan. 17.

On Thursday the establishment was dark, with old newspapers mixed with leaves outside the front door. A call to the phone number yielded a recording that the number had been disconnected.

Anderson said that there are plans to have a new telephone number soon and that someone was supposed to be picking up the newspapers and mail. He said he would look into the gas shut-off notice.

The state Liquor Control Board said the Sports Cafe’s license was listed as active Friday. Deputy Press Secretary Francesca Chapman said licenses that are not being used after 15 days must be turned over to the bureau for safekeeping. The control board has not received the Sports Cafe’s license.

Anderson said the establishment hadn’t been closed continuously for 15 days. He said he plans to renew the license, which would otherwise expire Jan. 31.

The borough health office said Friday that the Sports Cafe had notified them that it was closing and planned to reopen, pending a change in the ownership structure.

“They will have to go through us to get reopened again,” borough health inspector Kevin Kassab said.

Anderson said a new, big-name partner who he declined to identify is coming on board and remodeling on the restaurant is scheduled to begin. Once it does, he said, the Sports Cafe will reopen to “business as usual” within 30 to 45 days.

Jennifer Thomas can be reached at 231-4638.