Champps in West Chester closes after bankruptcy filing

A longtime fixture of the local dining scene recently closed as a cost-savings measure by its parent company.

A sign just inside Champps at 9424 Civic Centre Blvd. at the Street of West Chester reads “Thanks for the memmories (sic). Closed.” Signage on the front of the restaurant has also been removed.

The closing follows Dallas-based Last Call Guarantor filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. By month’s end the company had closed 25 of its properties nationwide including nine Champps, 11 Fox & Hound and five Bailey’s Sports Grille locations.

Last Call’s Aug. 10 bankruptcy filing initially did not include any intention of closing restaurant locations, but the company ended up doing so “in the process of their filing,” according to spokeswoman Kelli Brignac.

“It was a very quick decision,” Brignac told the Journal-News. “I believe they closed their locations … on a Saturday, I believe it was Aug. 27, and they just made that decision the week before. It was within a few days that they had to make everything happen, so pretty quickly.”

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“They basically decided that they had to close them and then (figured out) which ones,” she said.

Last Call’s bankruptcy is its second since 2013. Employment figures were not immediately available for Champps’ West Chester Twp. location, which opened in June 2003.

Before Last Call’s most recent bankruptcy, Fox & Hound had 48 locations, Champps had 23 and Bailey’s had nine. Last Call now operates 37 Fox & Hound locations, 14 Champps and four Bailey’s, Brignac said.

Closed Champps locations were in Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Illinois. Closed Fox & Hound locations were in South Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Colorado. Closed Bailey’s location were in Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee.

Fox & Hound has a location at 5113 Bowen Drive in Deerfield Twp., which remains open.

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