Gone, but not forgotten: Steuben County restaurant closures since the COVID-19 pandemic began
Some of our favorite restaurants in the Southern Tier have closed their doors in the past year.
Some restaurants closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and others have closed for unknown reasons. There are some, however, that have made a comeback in forms of different eateries for us to enjoy.
In no particular order, here's a look at restaurants that we said goodbye to since the start of the pandemic in Steuben County.
If you know of a restaurant that closed its doors in the time since the pandemic started that we missed, feel free to email email@example.com
Stillwater Pizza and Grill
45 N Main St., Wellsville
On May 23, 2021 the Stillwater Pizza and Grill closed its doors for the final time.
The revamped former Pizza Hut location on North Main Street in Wellsville opened in August 2018, serving a menu that included pizza, salads and Philly cheesesteaks.
Owners Dave and Anna Drury put out a press release about why they were forced to close.
"After careful consideration, and given the current environment and circumstances, we've concluded that it's time to move on," the owners said. "It's the toughest decision we've ever made, but we know it's the right one for our family."
Pierri's Central Restaurant
104 Village Square, Painted Post
A popular restaurant in the Painted Post community closed July 10, 2020 following 64 years in business.
Pierri's Central Restaurant owners Tom and Dianne Pierri announced they were closing in a Facebook post.
"Due to the COVID-19 virus, decline of business, Diane’s health, my health, the rules and regulations, the threat of losing my Liquor and Food License we have had to take drastic measures," said Tom Pierri. "With heavy hearts both my wife and I have decided to close our doors."
Old Country Buffet
821 County Route 64, Big Flats
Old Country Buffet in Big Flats closed on Feb. 4.
A WARN notice — Employers file large layoff notices with the state Department of Labor as part of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act — stated that the buffet closed due to “unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19.”
Old Country Buffet's parent company, Fresh Acquisitions, filed for bankruptcy in April.
The restaurant had been located in Consumer Square in Big Flats since 1997.
323 S. Hamilton St., Painted Post
Heavenly Cup, a coffee shop in Painted Post, closed on Nov. 20.
"Economic conditions have forced us to make the decision to close the Heavenly Cup location permanently," the shop's owners said on Facebook.
Heavenly Cup, which opened in 2015, was known for its roasted coffees, espresso, teas, assorted drinks and foods.
950 Chemung St., Horseheads and 118 Victory Hwy, Painted Post
Denny's restaurants in Horseheads and Painted Post closed their doors in May 2020.
A letter sent to employees of the restaurants cited the financial impact of the pandemic as the reason for the closure.
"As you know, Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order, ordering all individuals in the state of New York to shelter in place. This limited the opportunities for people to frequent our restaurants, so we had to reduce our hours severely and lay off most of our staff."
Denny's was founded in 1953 and has more than 1,700 locations.
1151 Broadway, Elmira; 357 W. Morris St., Bath; 55 E. Pulteney St., Corning; 1000 State Route 36, Hornell.
On July 23, 2020, multiple Pizza Hut locations closed in Steuben County as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pizza Hut restaurants closed in Elmira, Bath, Corning and Hornell. Up to 300 Pizza Hut restaurants were marked for closure in documents filed in bankruptcy court by Franchisee NPC International, most of them dine-in locations not well suited for carryout and delivery at a time when millions of people were sheltering and eating at home.
In its filing, NPC said that closing stores not designed for pick-up or delivery would allow it to invest in smaller stores that can better handle online orders.
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