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  • 1PENNLIVE.COM/LIVING SuNday, JuLy 27, 2014 d1

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    Waitress Loni Christian serves a round of Irish whiskey at Coakleys Restaurant & Irish Pub in New Cumberland. The restaurant closed Thursday.

    From milk shakes to cocktails with locally made ginger beer, the midstate should never go thirsty. See what to drink to wash down our top eats, in Tuesdays Living section.

    What's your favorite food in central Pennsylvania?Maybe it's the Bunny Burgers from the Red Rabbit Drive-In in Reed Twp., cracker-thin-crust pizzas from the Subway Cafe in Har-risburg or chili-laden Spot Dogs served at Metro Bank Park during the Senators games.

    Or perhaps you like custard-based ice cream from Massey's Frozen Custard in Carlisle, straw-berry torte from The Pennsylvania Bakery in Camp Hill or Italian cookies from Alvaro's Bread & Pastry Shoppe in Harrisburg?

    The food scene in the midstate covers plenty of territory, from ethnic eats to chef-inspired dishes and snack foods. Today we serve up a a list of notable foods in the area.

    Find descriptions of these dishes and more to try on Page D3.

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    midstate By Sue Gleiter | sgleiter@PennLive.com

    What about great drinks in the midstate?

    From Pork beLLies To PaD Thai

    By Sue Gleitersgleiter@pennlive.com

    More than six months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Coakleys Irish Restaurant and Pub in New Cumberland has closed.

    The Irish-themed Coak-leys was among the most recognized restaurants in the Harrisburg area since opening about 40 years ago.

    It always was a popular St. Patricks Day spot as well as a gathering place for those watching televised sporting events. Diners came for the diverse menu of American and Irish specialties ranging from wings and burgers to boxty (potato pancake) and fish and chips.

    A notice posted on the restaurants front door Thursday indicated the closing was related to an order by the U.S. Middle District Court of Pennsyl-vania.

    We would like to thank everybody for their pa-tronage over the years, and we hope you root for us to return to business soon. Please monitor Facebook for updates on our status, the note said.

    Late last year, Coakleys owner, Tim Hogg, said the restaurant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. At the time, Hogg said closing was not an option.

    He did not return phone calls after the restaurant closed Thursday.

    Regular customer Kelly Moran, 24, of New Cum-berland said he learned of the closing when he was at the restaurant Wednesday night. He said he was told Coakleys employees found out about the closing on Wednesday.

    Coakleys faithful lament closing

    Please see COAKleyS on Page D2

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    3535Ann Reeves

    For Ann Reeves weekly column, visit Pennlive.com.