ELIZABETHTOWN — Just three short months after opening, and just a few short weeks after making sweeping changes, the City Sandwich Shop in downtown Elizabethtown has closed its doors, though it is unclear for how long.
On March 3, the City Sandwich Shop, bringing back both the location and name of an iconic Elizabethtown eatery — though unaffiliated in any way with the former operators — was opened by James and Lori Leach in the hopes of seeing some of its predecessor’s success.
In June, the shop brought in a new manager who instituted, among other things, changes like a Heroes Wall, a Friday night concert, additional menu items, and modifications to the decor — and the restaurant had another grand opening.
James Leach was recently appointed a member of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever Ambassadors Club and the City Sandwich Shop hosted the group’s first meeting late last month. The business closed later that week.
A sign currently on the restaurant door says that it is closed for a family emergency. However, James Leach’s Facebook page lists his current employment, where it once indicated “owner of City Sandwich Shop,” as “stay-at-home parent” and lists previous employment as “former owner of City Sandwich Shop.” Additionally, on an online auction site, Leach has listed furniture and kitchen equipment from the restaurant for sale.
Repeated calls and attempts to get in touch with James Leach have been unsuccessful.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.