McMenamy’s closes eatery

NILES – A longtime Niles restaurant that operated on the U.S. Route 422 strip has closed, but an adjoining banquet facility remains in operation, the facility’s owner said Monday.

McMenamy’s restaurant and bar, which operated at 325 Youngstown Warren Road for 15 years, closed earlier this month, owner Bob Leonard said.

Leonard attributed his decision to declining bar business, largely due to competition from chain restaurants and increased awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.

Leonard said the banquet facility will continue to operate, and the former restaurant, bar and outdoor patio space now is available for rent for private parties.

The popular weekly “bike night” event held every Thursday evening in McMenamy’s parking lot also has ceased.