SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Many local restaurants are struggling through this pandemic, and now the owner of Laci’s Tapas Bar, a staple of Syracuse’s Hawley Green neighborhood, has announced that it will be closing.
Laci’s Tapas Bar owner Laura Serway took to Facebook to let loyal customers know of the closing.
She posted the following video along with the post:
“I have the most amazing team in the world and they have been so supportive of this operation,” Serway said in the video.
It has already been a decade since Serway’s idea of a place where her community can “Eat Small and Live Large” became a reality.
You know, we’ve been here… and the last couple of years I have just tried to continue to grow it and make more changes and then I thought one day… you know what? It’s time.Laura Serway, Owner of Laci’s Tapas Bar
Like for all restaurants, the pandemic has been hard on Laci’s. It switched to take-out only when state restrictions shut them down in March, but only two weeks later, Serway had to close.
Laci’s was closed until in-person dining reopened in July. But, COVID-19 isn’t the only reason she’s calling it quits.
“My mantra in life has always been ‘everything is the 80/20 rule.’ Right? So, 20% of it was the COVID, but the 80% was just me,” said Serway. “I’m ready for the next adventure and I am wanting to say, ‘Okay, here we go. We did this. We did it great. What’s next?'”
Before moving on, Serway is going to spend the next month saying goodbye to her loyal customers. Many of those customers have expressed shock and sadness about the decision.
“Listen, I couldn’t have done it without you. I couldn’t have been here without you,” said Serway. “I couldn’t have opened the doors without you. You paid our payroll. You made us who we are.”
She told customers that if they have a gift card to come in right away to use it. They will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Dec. 19.