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December 11, 2007 - John Harvard's Main Line Location Closed
A local broker for used brewery equipment acknowledged to the Beer Yard today that he has been in the process of marketing the brewhouse at the now closed John Harvard's in Wayne for the past month.

He and another informed beer industry observer, both of whom choose to remain anonymous, also agreed that they expect Harvard's Pittsburgh pub to suffer the same fate in the near future.

"In fact, I suspect that the Boston Culinary Group (which bought the John Harvard chain in 2005) will eventually close all the pubs except the original one in Cambridge, Ma., which is hugely successful, and do so sooner rather than later," said one.

Most employees appear not to have been forewarned of the closing, but brewer Brad Basile, who was an assistant brewer at Manayunk Brewing for the past year-and a-half and stepped into the brewer’s post at the closed location at the end of October, was apparently given a head's up by one of our sources a week ago.

ORIGINAL STORY No one is answering the phones for the location as of this evening and the location has disappeared from the Harvard's website as a Pennsylvania location.

The Wayne John Harvard's opened with a big splash in in February 1997 and proved to be the first of several tenants to make a go of it at what would appear to be a very desirable location which was originally home to a classic old Main Line watering hole and dining spot.

The Harvard's location in Springfield closed nearly two years ago and other sites around the country have been shuttered in recent years, so a closing would not be a major surprise.

Further information as it becomes available. --JACK CURTIN