Mr. Bill’s Fresh Seafood received an SBA 504 loan through EDC Finance Corporation to help finance its move to a larger space, with expanded services.
Mr. Bill’s Fresh Seafood, on Harrisburg Avenue near Franklin & Marshall College, will relocate across the street and add a cafe: Mr. Bill’s Fat Crab Cafe.
Mr. Bill’s, now in a 3,400-square-foot spot at 431 Harrisburg Ave., will move by Thanksgiving to 430 Harrisburg Ave., formerly home to the Campus Grille.
The Campus Grille, in turn, will be moving to Manheim Township at 241 W. Roseville Road, formerly occupied by Upohar Ethnic Cuisines.
Bill Thomas, owner of Campus Grille, said his business will shorten its name to The Grille, while keeping a menu that features burgers, wraps and sandwiches.
Thomas said he expects the new restaurant to open in the next two weeks. It will be about the same size as the old one.
Lancaster Computer Co., which also had been at 430 Harrisburg Ave., has moved to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at 816 Buchanan Ave., next to the North Museum.
For Mr. Bill’s Fresh Seafood, the move across Harrisburg Avenue will return the business to the location — though not the building — where it was founded in 1973 by Bill Towson and Don Myers as Mr. Bill’s Crab Pot.
Current owner Tim Glatfelter started working at the business in 1975, becoming an owner in 1981 and the sole owner in 2001.
For the new project, Glatfelter has a new business partner, Bob Brimmer, owner of Brimmer licensing and notary services.
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