Venerable Downtown Springfield Eatery To Close

Jun 25, 2014

A landmark restaurant in western Massachusetts is closing.

The Student Prince Cafe and Fort Dining Room on Fort Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. The restaurant specialized in German cuisine and was considered by some Springfield's answer to Locke-Ober, the legendary Boston restaurant that closed in 2012.

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.