The Barrel and Staff Move On

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SPRING BROOK TOWNSHIP -- A popular restaurant in Lackawanna County, known for its Texas wieners and root beer, is closing.

The Barrel has made a home for itself along Route 307 in Spring Brook Township, near Moscow. Over the past 26 years, it's been a home to its employees who have all worked there a decade or more.

"Oh, it's a sad situation, it really is, because it's like home," said worker James Noone. "And the owner Gail is such a sweetheart, and the crew that's here is absolutely phenomenal. You know, it's going to be, it's a sad day."

The Barrel's owner Gail Johnson has plans to retire. Over the course of the last day of business, regulars left their good wishes for her on a poster.

"Yeah, we've had a lot of regulars, people we haven't seen in a long time," said manager Anne Griffiths. "And they're coming up for their last Texas wieners and fries and their roast turkey dinners and chicken and biscuits that they've known since they were growing up."

A few generations of the Wintermantel family have enjoyed The Barrel and its food over the years. Since family was in for the Thanksgiving holiday, they all came down for one last meal at The Barrel.

"It's something that we've been coming to for years, decades. We just love their, the wiener. You can zoom in on that! One of our favorite things, always our go-to," said Nancy Wintermantel

The crew prepared Thanksgiving food for customers but this Thanksgiving will be their first Thanksgiving off in many years.

The building and the business are up for sale but manager Anne Griffiths says there haven't been any offers yet.

"Well, I hope somebody does buy it and keep it The Barrel, because it's been here so long, it's like a historical site, to the place, to the community."

The entire staff will move on to Anne's new restaurant nearby, scheduled to open next month. Either way, it's the end of an era.


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