A POPULAR seafood restaurant and rival to Red Lobster has announced it will be closing its doors for good after 14 years of service.
The community in downtown Rochester, Minnesota will say goodbye to Pescara, a Nova Restaurant Group eatery that was located in the former DoubleTree Hotel.
“It is with great emotion and disappointment that we announce that Sunday April 23 will be our last day of service in Pescara,” read a post on Pescara’s Facebook account.
The hotel, which was closed in October, is scheduled to be converted into a dormitory to expand housing options for University of Minnesota students.
“Undoubtedly, the conversion of the Double Tree Hotel into a dormitory has changed the landscape of downtown,” reads the final statement.
The Post paid tribute to the unique cooking traditions and professional service staff that have given Pescara its wonderful reputation.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our current and former employees who have helped make Pescara a world-class dining experience,” the statement continued.
It is not known how many employees will lose their jobs due to the restaurant’s closure or if they may be able to find new work within the Nova Restaurant Group.
Nova, which is owned by chef Scott Foster and Pat Woodring, also claims two other downtown establishments: Chester’s Kitchen & Bar and Terza.
“We would also like to thank the Chafoulias family, civic leaders and the community of Rochester who have supported Pescara over the past 14 years and helped make Pescara a success,” Pescara’s statement concluded.
Andy Chafoulias’ Titan Development & Investments currently owns the property that houses Pescara, with plans to convert it into student accommodation and a restaurant later this year.
Guests expressed their disappointment after the news.
“Rochester needs a quality seafood restaurant just like you do,” remarked one hopeful customer. “I hope you find a new home in Rochester to reopen.”
Others suggested supporting Nova Restaurant Group’s other businesses.
“We’re sorry to hear that, but we will continue to support your sister restaurants. We love Chester’s kitchen and Terza,” commented a second.
Many people remembered their favorite dishes.
“I will mourn the loss of your beautiful and peaceful surroundings, your amazing staff and the fish tacos, lobster chowder and black bean chowder. And the bread… sigh,” exclaimed the supporting guest.
Titan’s leadership emphasized that they value the longstanding partnership with the restaurant group.