The Old Erie Restaurant announced on its Facebook page Tuesday evening that the Weedsport establishment will be closing the first weekend of February.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce we will be closing our doors … Sunday, Feb. 4 will be our last day of service. Thank you for your support through the years,” the social media post announced.
Ted and Beth Tomandl, the current owners, bought Old Erie Restaurant in the village of Weedsport in August 2007 from David Gibson. The North Seneca Street building itself was built in 1938.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the announcement had received a lot of attention — over 230 reactions to the post, over 240 shares, and nearly 100 comments. The restaurant's Facebook page has over 2,000 “likes,” which is a larger number than the entire village of Weedport's population.
"That's terrible," said Cayuga County Legislator Chris Petrus upon hearing the news. "It was an outstanding restaurant and a place for the community to come out and be together and enjoy a good meal."
Petrus, who represents the town of Brutus on the county Legislature, said he used to work at the restaurant in high school.
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Old Erie, which features German food on its menu, was an asset to the community and will be missed, dozens of people said in comments below the restaurant's social media post. Many people thanked the owners for running such a great restaurant, saying things such as “I'm so sorry to hear this.” And many were actively making plans with friends to go back to the restaurant together one more time before it closes down.
“Cheers to a well-run restaurant by some of the best people I know,” one comment said, “may your next chapter exceed your dreams.”
An out-of-towner even commented that she always looked forward to stopping at Old Erie Restaurant for a delicious meal when she drove to New Hampshire from Ohio to visit family.
The owners could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday. In addition to the Facebook post, the restaurant has been listed for sale.
Located at 8924 N. Seneca St. in Weedsport, the listing has an asking price of $349,000. In the sale listing online at loopnet.com, the establishment is described as a “beautiful Turn Key Restaurant,” and “a landmark destination in the village of Weedsport for years.” The online posting was first listed last April, and was last updated on Tuesday. The restaurant was assessed with a full market value of $354,100 last year.