SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Throughout the day, more than one thousand people visited an iconic Springfield restaurant to say goodbye. However, it turns out the Student Prince might not be closing its doors for good.
For nearly the past 80 years, the Student Prince restaurant has been serving up authentic German food in downtown Springfield. On Monday, the restaurant, also known as “The Fort”, announced it would be closing, citing financial reasons.
“It’s very sad. I’ve been coming here a long time. It’s a great place, great food. It’s a staple of Springfield,” said John Field, a long time customer.
However, things are starting to look up for the Scherff family. The Student Prince opened in 1935 as a sandwich shop. The Scherff family bought it in 1935 and it’s been in the family ever since. as it will continue to be.
Peter Picknelly, owner of Peter Pan Bus Lines, offered to buy the business and allow Rudy Scherrf to still be the face of The Fort. A customer who stops in at least once a week says it means a lot to the community.
“I’ve been here plenty of times and I’m just happy Peter Picknelly came and stepped forward for this place,” said Charles McDonald, a weekly customer.
A place that attracts customers from all across the United States.
“It’s the best German food and the atmosphere is so authentic. And when you live in the Midwest for the past 25 years like I have, it’s wonderful,” said Howard Berkowitz, from Kansas.
Since Monday’s closing announcement, people have been lining up out the door everyday for their last meal at the Student Prince. Now, they can look forward to lining up for its re-opening.
Saturday is the last day for customers at the Student Prince.