After nearly 33 years in business, Romanello’s South on South Park Avenue in Hamburg closed its doors for good on Saturday, March 2.
Romanello’s South, a fixture in the Town of Hamburg since opening its doors in 1980, served its final customers last weekend.
“Saturday (March 2 was) our last day,” said owner John Romanello.
He said financial reasons led to the decision to ultimately close the restaurant and banquet facility.
“We ran out of money,” Romanello said.
He said foreclosure procedures began on the building, which is currently in the process of being sold. Romanello does not believe the building will remain vacant for long.
Back in 1980, Romanello’s South opened in the location of another former restaurant.
“It used to be the Pepper Mill Restaurant before then,” Romanello said.
He said he wanted to say thank you to all of the loyal customers who have dined at Romanello’s for the last few decades.
“I’m sick about it,” Romanello said, but added the time came that he just could not put any more money into the business.
George Hamberger, who handles commercial real estate transactions for RealtyUSA, said contracts have been signed by a prospective buyer for the former restaurant, but that the deal is not complete yet.
Although he said at this time he could not say what is being planned, Hamberger did say that if the deal is finalized, the future plans do not call for it to be a restaurant.
But he believes once those plans are eventually revealed, many people will be excited about its future.
“It’ll be very good,” Hamberger said.
If the deal closes, then Hamberger believes it is likely the project will come before the Town of Hamburg Planning Board because it would call for a change of use.
However, he does not think it would call for a change in rezoning, just for a change in use.