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June 21, 2010

Combo specials change monthly at Penn Station

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — To the editor:

I am a partner in the Penn Station in London. For the past two years I have been eating at Penn Stations in Lexington. Sure, the Lexington Penn Station was not the least expensive restaurant choice, but I thought the quality and taste justified the price. I opened the Penn Station in London because I was confident that London consumers would appreciate the Penn Station quality.

I read [Willie Sawyer’s] comments in the Publisher’s Notebook and I was disappointed. I appreciate you choosing our restaurant when we opened.

However, the policy in all Penn Stations is to have a “combo special” each month. The first month was the Philly cheese steak. This month the “combo special” is the Club Sub. It is priced exactly the same as the Philly cheese “combo special” that you enjoyed last month. I wish you had spoken with a manager so you would have understood our pricing before you wrote your column.

As you stated, these are difficult economic times. This year, the Philly Cheese Connection closed in Corbin at what I would estimate to be a huge loss to the owner.

Most people do not realize that restaurants in strip centers are a huge investment, but have almost no resale value.

Penn Stations are expensive to open. Our restaurant is a $400,000 investment which would have almost no value if it closed.

With that in mind, I hope you can appreciate why I say I was disappointed with your article. We value our customers and try to provide a quality product at a reasonable price. I sincerely hope you will reconsider and we will see you in our restaurant in the near future.

Tom Lackey

London

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