EatNic, a restaurant in Paoli run by Saladworks founder John Scardapane, abruptly closed its doors for good last week after a year and a half in business, writes Michael Klein for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“This was not planned but needed to be done,” Scardapane wrote in an e-mail.
He cited his health and a drop-off in business caused by the high number of newly opened restaurants nearby.
Scardapane was forced out of Saladworks several years ago after a battle with the company’s major investors. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago and has been living in chronic pain since.
However, he soldiered on to open EatNic in November 2016.
“While I was proud to be the owner of EatNic, I could not be the operator, due to my health,” Scardapane wrote.
He said that the restaurant needed a full-time operator due to the number of new restaurants opening in King of Prussia and the surrounding area.
“I thought our customers would return after sampling the new competition, but they did not,” Scardapane wrote. “This caused EatNic to be unsustainable.”
Read more about EatNic’s closure in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.