Middletown restaurant to close until at least 2021 because of coronavirus challenges

Difficult economic conditions due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemics have forced the temporary closure of Gracie's restaurant until 2021 when the ownership hopes economic conditions are stabilized. The ownership said the restaurant will be open this weekend and will continue to do catering and special events. FILE PHOTO


Gracie’s restaurant is now open on Central Avenue in Middletown. The menu is described as big city comfort food with items such as seared salmon, fried chicken, Berkshire pork chop and meatloaf. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Difficult economic conditions due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemics have forced the temporary closure of Gracie's restaurant until 2021 when the ownership hopes economic conditions are stabilized. The ownership said the restaurant will be open this weekend and will continue to do catering and special events. FILE PHOTO Gracie’s restaurant is now open on Central Avenue in Middletown. The menu is described as big city comfort food with items such as seared salmon, fried chicken, Berkshire pork chop and meatloaf. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Gracie’s restaurant in Middletown will be closing temporarily after this weekend’s regular dining services for the rest of 2020.

Ami Vitori, Gracie’s co-owner and general manager, saidMonday it has been extremely difficult to operate the business since it reopened in late May.

“The inconsistencies that have been created in all of our lives from COVID-19 are too much to manage for our restaurant financially,” Vitori said. “We have worked hard to pivot with take out, Vitori’s Market, and slimming down staffing and menus, but the pandemic has made it too erratic and unpredictable to make it financial feasible to continue at this time.”

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Vitori said the restaurant is hoping by 2021 there will be a more normalized environment for finer dining, where our customers are back to their regular habits, and can re-open.

She said some of Gracie’s menu favorites in Vitori’s Market will continue to be sold, the business will continue to book private events and catering and it likely will host some ticketed coursed dinners.

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“I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this beautiful experience so far,” Vitori said. “Like a child, Gracie’s has tested me, made my heart soar, brought me to tears, and made me feel so proud. It has been a true joy to bring such a wonderful place to Middletown, to hear people’s reactions to our food and ambiance, and feel the love from so many communities around us.

Vitori opened Gracie’s in June 2017 in the former TV Middletown Building, 1131 Central Ave., as part of her family’s Torchlight Pass dining and retail location that includes a boutique hotel. She is also a member of Middletown City Council.

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