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Funck’s Restaurant Group buys TJ Rockwell’s restaurants in Elizabethtown, Mechanicsburg | What’s in store

A quarter century after TJ Rockwell’s opened in Elizabethtown, brothers Steve and Jeff Heckman sold what turned into a second restaurant in Mechanicsburg.

TJ Rockwell’s at 800 Mount Gretna Road in Elizabethtown and 896 W. Grantham Road in Mechanicsburg was purchased earlier this month by Funck’s Restaurant Group, whose seven regional restaurants include Funck’s Restaurant & Bar in Leola and Mt. Gretna Hideaway at Mount Gretna.

“It was time for my brother and I who were partners to move on to the next chapter and spend a little more time with our growing children.very quickly,” said Jeff Heckman, who said he now plans to become a referee for some youth sports.

Elizabethtown TJ Rockwell’s opened in 1997 and the large terrace that has become its hallmark was added in 2013. Mechanicsburg restaurant opened in 2008. Both restaurants offer American dishes such as burgers, steaks and seafood. Together they can accommodate around 350 customers.

Jeff Heckman said he and his brother were looking for potential buyers and found what seemed like an ideal operator with Funck’s Restaurant Group, run by Alan Funck. Funck did not respond to a message seeking comment on the sale.

Heckman said he understands there won’t be any major changes although some systems will be streamlined.

“I’m super happy with how it all turned out and I think everyone here, Alan and everyone will be very successful,” Heckman said. “It’s very rewarding to see TJ Rockwell live and hopefully get bigger and better.”

Heckman declined to disclose the full purchase price for the restaurants, though TJ Rockwell’s property near Elizabethtown sold for $1.4 million, county records show.

In addition to Funck’s Restaurant in Leola and Mt. Gretna Hideaway, Funck’s Restaurant Group owns Funck’s Restaurant in Palmyra, Rising Sun Bar & Kitchen in Palmyra and Quentin Tavern in Lebanon as well as Snitz Brewery, which has offices in Lebanon and Annville.

Funck’s in Leola opened in 2016, replacing the Leola Family Restaurant.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement