Eat’n Park will close five restaurants in Northeast Ohio next month, including locations in Cuyahoga Falls and Medina Township.

The closings, set for Feb. 17, will leave the Akron area without an Eat’n Park.

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, headquartered in Homestead, Pa., said in a news release that while it is closing the five restaurants, it is expanding its new Hello Bistro “salad and burger concept” in Northeast Ohio, with a location planned for Summit Mall in Fairlawn.

Information on when this eatery will open was not immediately available.

The Cuyahoga Falls Eat’n Park is at 200 Howe Ave., near the Akron line. The Medina Township location is at 1007 N. Court St.

Affected employees can opt to transfer to another Eat’n Park Hospitality Group location or receive severance, according to the news release. No financial details were provided.

The closings will affect about 200 employees, the company’s Kevin O’Connell told the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette for an article published Wednesday.

The company revealed the closings in an news release issued Wednesday to that newspaper. Other news outlets received the release Thursday.

“Although this decision makes sense from a business perspective, it is always difficult to part with team members who share their loyalty and talents with us,” the company’s chief operating officer, Mercy Senchur, said in the release. “We are grateful to them.”

A Hello Bistro recently opened in a location adjacent to Beachwood Place Mall. Eat’n Park restaurants in Austintown, Warren, Steubenville and St. Clairsville will remain open.

 

Katie Byard can be reached at 330-996-3781 or kbyard@thebeaconjournal.com. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook.