TROY, N.Y. - The iconic South End Tavern in Troy will permanently shut its doors at the end of June. The Tavern has been open for 79 years.
Owner Marty Burke said it was a tough decision that he and his wife did not take lightly.
He said the final straw was when he opened his new property tax assessment bill this year.
"I would have preferred to get to 80 years, but it just became time," Burke said.
Burke said his grandfather started the business in 1934, his father ran it until 1998 and then he took over.
"I knew the re-assessment would bring about an increase, but I was shocked when I opened up the envelope and saw it was that high," he said.
In a statement, Troy's mayor, Lou Rosamilia said, "The South End Tavern has been a Troy staple for decades. In regards to higher taxes being cited as one of the reasons for its closing, it's important to remember that Troy hadn't undergone a property reassessment in 40 years. Upon its completion in 2013, all properties were brought up to market-value, which is important and beneficial to Troy's future economic stability."
Burke said he did not grieve the re-assessment. It just finalized his decision to close.
Patrons of the South End Tavern said it will be missed.
"I was crushed, absolutely crushed," Linda Malek said. "It's kind of a home away from home. You come in here and get the news and find out what's going on with your local people."
"There would always be a line in the dining room, and the famous line I would always hear would be a guy who was waiting tables saying, "We have corn beef and cabbage or we have roast beef. Or menus if you really need them"," Bill Bevilacqua added.
"That's the great part of the business, that's the part that would have kept me here," Burke said.
Since Burke publicly announced his decision to close, he has already received five offers from people interested in purchasing the restaurant and adjacent property.
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