Bridgeport Landmark Meets The Wrecking Ball

What a sad turn of events this is.  Anyone who lived or worked in the Norristown/King of Prussia area probably has a memory of this place.  Camelot in Bridgeport was “the place” to have a wedding reception or other large event.  I would say it was Bridgeport’s Sunnybrook.

Having worked in that area for 25 years, I knew many people who had their events at Camelot.  Camelot was demolished this week.  The owner, Gary Johnson, declined comment on any plans for development of the property.

Camelot was a casualty of the recession.  Renovations were too costly.  Although there was interest in reopening the property, the economy kept potential buyers at bay.

Interestingly, Joe Torac, the former owner of Lakeside Inn, ran Camelot.  Torac was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1998.

Thankfully, the Lakeside Inn (Copperfield’s) and Sunnybrook are still standing and going strong.  Unfortunately, for Bridgeport, there is no happy ending to this story.

One comment on “Bridgeport Landmark Meets The Wrecking Ball

  1. Roy, indeed this is a sad moment for Bridgeport. My maternal family roots are all in Bridgeport and by marriage I’m part of the Franzone’s Pizza family, so I spent many a happy Thursday night at the Camelot with my aunt playing bingo growing up, and attended many functions-family and civic-at the Camelot. Joe Torac was a friend of my family’s and we were all thrilled when the place was renovated years ago. Another fixture of another small town, gone. Sad!

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