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BRGR Closes in Downtown State College

A downtown State College restaurant has closed a month after its building owner filed to evict the business because of about $65,000 in unpaid rent.

BRGR has shut down its 122 W. College Ave. location after about four and half years in business, marking the end of what was once a Pittsburgh-based group of four restaurants specializing in handmade burgers and shakes. The company closed the last of its other three locations, all in the Pittsburgh area, in 2023.

A public auction of everything from kitchen equipment to refrigerators to servingware to shelving is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on May 23.

BRGR was in default on its lease for the former bank building on College Avenue, and property owner Calder Joint Venture was “entitled to recover possession of the premises,” attorney Kathleen Yurchak wrote in a court filing on April 5.

According to a letter sent by the property landlord and included in the filing, BRGR owner SRG State College LLC failed to make good on a repayment plan established at the start of the year had until April 3 to pay the full balance of $64,993.01.

Terms of the lease on the State College property included rent of $8,355 per month, or $100,380 per year, for the first five years. In 2025, the rent was set to increase to $9,365 per month, or $112,380 per year through the next five years.