Is This Historic Saratoga County Italian Eatery Closed for Good?
This historic Italian restaurant in Saratoga County has been open since 1929 but as of now, it is temporarily closed. Will it ever re-open?
Massie's Italian Restaurant in South Glens Falls
In 1929 Ralph Russo, known as "Massie" opened the restaurant in South Glens Falls.
He ran it until he passed away in 1992 and then his three sons, Bobby, Ralph Jr., and Pat took over the restaurant.
Son, Bobby passed away in 2011 and Pat ran Massie's until 2016. That's when they sold it to the current owner, Jonathan Greenwood, the great-grandson of a former Massie's waiter.
Massie's Current Owner Needs a Break
Jonathan Greenwood told FoothillsBusinessDaily.com that he has temporarily closed the restaurant.
He bought the restaurant seven years ago and remodeled it, expanded it, and redid the interior.
Jonathan also kept many of the traditional menu items that generations of customers had grown to love.
Now the owner says it has been non-stop and he needs a break. He said that Massie's is closed for at least three months. He has only taken two vacations in seven years and never took a sick day. Jonathan said,
It’s been seven-and-a-half years of going all out, but I’m burned out to zero. I’m working 70, 80 hours a week. I’ve got to recharge. I have no quality of life anymore.
Quality Has Always Been the Main Focus
At Massie's Italian Restaurant, it was always about making the best quality food and not about the money.
Keeping this going for the regulars who have been so faithful has been wonderful. I don’t care about the money. I have never cared about money. I care about the quality of every meal that goes out of our kitchen.
Greenwood said that telling customers and his employees was very emotional and he still feels like he's letting people down.
Hopefully, he will get the rest and relaxation he needs and Massie's will re-open in the next few months.