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Venerable Downtown Springfield Eatery To Close

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A landmark restaurant in western Massachusetts is closing.

The Student Prince and Fort Dining Room, a nearly 80 year-old family owned German restaurant in downtown Springfield, will close on June 30th.  The owners said the restaurant is no longer profitable and they want to retire. Mayor Domenic Sarno said he is optimistic about a new owner.

"I get the feeling there are bidders out there who are looking to keep the tradition going."

Sarno dismissed suggestions the closing of the landmark restaurant was a black eye for downtown. He said people need to patronize locally owned businesses.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.