CORNWALL, Ontario – A dining institution in Massena, N.Y. will be serving its last meal in just a matter of weeks.
Violi's Restaurant will close its doors on Sept. 27, marking the end of nearly 70 years of operation in the small northern New York State community just across the border from Cornwall.
Some would argue just as many Canadians as Americans have dined at Violi's.
"We could not have thrived for such a period of time without such support," said owner Dom and Ross Violi in a letter to the editor published in the Massena Courier-Observer Wednesday. " We have been serving Massena and the surrounding area for 69 years at the restaurant begun by our dear parents Rosario and Mary Violi and feel that now is the right time to step away from the landmark our family has created."
The restaurant plans plenty of promotions leading up to the closing date.
"We are now going to focus on family, friends, travel, and spending time on the other side of the table," continues the letter.
Violi's is just down the street from another Massena hotspot frequented by Cornwallites – Trombino's.
The full letter published in the Courier-Observer can be found here.
Violi's was the scene of a gruesome accident this spring when a teenage employee at the restaurant had his arm cut off while cleaning a pasta machine.
The industrial-strength apparatus severed the 17-year-old's arm near his elbow in April.
The teen has had surgery to reattach the arm.