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Downtown icon Youngstown Club to close after New Year’s Eve

Published: Wed, November 14, 2012 @ 2:06 p.m.

Downtown icon Youngstown Club to close after New Year’s Eve

Officials at The Youngstown Club, a downtown icon first started by the city’s elite 110 years ago, confirmed on Wednesday that it will close following their annual New Year’s Eve event on Dec. 31.

Katie Dodd, general manager at the club, said business there had been a problem for about 15 years. She cited a lethargic economy as the primary reason for a dwindling membership in recent years.

At its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, the club boasted a membership of 1,100. )n Wednesday that number stood at 250 and Dodd said the only way the club might stay open is if a member steps up with a significant endowment — a situation she said was unlikely.

For more than 100 years the club played host to the city’s industrial barons, lawyers, doctors and other elite factions of the population, who would gather privately there for lunch and dinner, holiday parties and wedding rehearsals, among other things.

Dodd said that all the club’s events scheduled through the end of the year will be honored and take place as planned.

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