Iconic restaurant closes after 50 years


After 50 years of activity, an institution in Adams County has closed its doors.

Cross Keys Diner, a New Oxford restaurant, closed on December 12.

“It’s finally time for Chris, Vickie, Nick and Angie to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor with their families,” according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

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With COVID, the restaurant struggled financially. At various times, the restaurant temporarily closed its doors and closed the restaurant lounge indefinitely.

“If they hadn’t been the type of business they were for over 50 years, like many others, they wouldn’t have survived the past 2 years,” the post read. “Yet they persevered. But now is the time.”

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Comments on the post praised Cross Keys Diner, including comments from former employees.

“I grew up there, started my family there and met so many amazing people, both colleagues and clients,” Alecia Odom commented in the post. “I will be eternally grateful for the love and experiences I have had over the years through Cross Keys. Sure, it’s bittersweet, but now is the time for owners to rest. Always with the family! “

Matt Enright can be contacted by email at [email protected] or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.

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