'Times are tough': Bobcat Creamery, run by Northeastern students, closing for good

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch

Five years after opening, the Bobcat Creamery in Manchester is closing its doors permanently, citing difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owners Brian and Wendy Klinger made the announcement Monday on the Facebook page of the restaurant and ice cream shop, located at 117 S. Main St.

“It is with a heavy heart we announce the closing of the Bobcat Creamery,” the couple said. “... These times are tough with this virus and not being able to operate. These new restrictions are going to make it impossible to operate and be profitable.”

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Bobcat Creamery cook Connie Feeser exits the kitchen to greet a customer Wednesday. Below, employees Jo Jennings, left, and Dorothy Hogan handle the lunch rush. The sports-themed restaurant, which opened last week, has a board of directors made up of Northeastern High School students.

The Klingers, Northeastern High School graduates, bought the building after Iggy Bops Ice Cream closed.

They gave students from the district an opportunity to build and manage the business, recruiting from the school's business-focused classes and Future Business Leaders of America. The board of directors included a group of 14 Northeastern students in grades 9-12. A handful of adult managers oversaw the restaurant.

The business said it will soon announce dates when it will be open to refund customers who bought gift cards.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8.

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