Johnny's Burgers in York City closes

David Weissman

Less than four months after opening, Johnny's Burgers and Malts closed on June 26, according to the York City restaurant's owner.

Business partners Aaron Brown and Marvin Johnson, left, are opening Johnny's Burgers and Malts in York City Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. Bill Kalina photo

Marvin Johnson said he made the decision to shut down at 111 E. Princess St. after being cited for noise violations by police.

Johnson originally opened the restaurant, which featured stuffed burgers, with business partner Aaron Brown on March 1, though fliers indicated they might have operated before that time without necessary certification.

Flier indicates new burger shop operated before certification

Brown left the business, leaving Johnson, who also has a job with Snyder's-Lance Inc., to run the restaurant on his own, Johnson said.

Johnson cited several factors contributing to his decision, including the noise citations, declining sales and being denied a BYOB permit from York City Police Department.

Johnson said the building where he was located is great, and he praised Royal Square officials for "bending over backwards" to help him be successful, but he added that the poor lighting on East Princess Street hindered his nighttime sales.

Johnson will continue working at Snyder's, he said, but he hopes to return to the city to perhaps open a bar in two or three years.

"I really just want to be out here, talking to people about their issues and affecting people's lives," he said.