Tavern of Stow announces sale on Monday

Tavern of Stow announced via Facebook that it was sold out on Monday, but the restaurant’s future is unclear.

“We would like to thank everyone for the support over the past 30 days as we assess the best course of action to deal with the current impact on our job market,” the Italian-American restaurant said on Facebook. “While we were temporarily closed, an offer to purchase our location was presented to us and we accepted it.”

The Facebook post did not specify who purchased the space or the buyer’s intended use.

The restaurant, located in the Shoppes of Stow on Darrow Road, opened in 2010 and has been owned by Dan and Kerry Russo since 2017.

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They did not respond to a request for comment.

“This is a great loss for our city,” said Mayor John Pribonic. “This will be a difficult restaurant to replace and we really appreciate everything they have helped us in town. They have always lent a helping hand and I wish them nothing but the best. The owners and staff made the restaurant special. food was fantastic, the service was amazing and you’ve never left without being a friend. ”

The shutdown comes as many players in the restaurant industry continue to struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 10% of all restaurants nationwide have closed since the start of the pandemic, according to a report released earlier this year by Datassential, a Chicago-based food industry research and analysis company.

Throughout the pandemic, the Russos have been successful in keeping Tavern of Stow afloat, despite the state-mandated shutdown and other restrictions.

The restaurant has made several modifications to the interior in order to maintain the space between the tables.

The Russos also partnered with other local businesses to share customers and drive sales and participated in the ShopLocal330 e-gift card created by several local chambers, the city’s Monday meal program, and the Lobby Lounge. job at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

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At the career fair in May, Dan Russo said that although employee retention was high, it had been difficult to replace long-term employees who had graduated or moved.

“The filling was tough, but I think it’s temporary. At the moment, everything is still closed, and that includes the excitement of the application process. It is very easy to stay home right now. , but I don’t think that’s a long-term problem, ”he said.

However, staffing continued to be a problem.

In its search for a new line cook, Stow’s Tavern even offered to give away one free meal per week for life to anyone who sponsored someone who was ultimately hired.

On October 4, the restaurant announced that it would be closed until October 9 “due to the reduced availability of our staff this week”. At. On October 10, he announced a temporary 30-day shutdown “in order to reorganize, reassess and assess how the Stow Tavern will be able to cope with the current state of the labor market.”

“Over the past few years, we’ve made sure the pay, time off and work environment attracts local talent. We believe our quality and service directly reflects this strategy,” the restaurant wrote. “However, as we and other restaurants shut down intermittently for staff shortages and hear from business owners in other industries facing similar issues, this trend is more complex and not just temporary.”

Then on Monday, the tavern announced that it had been sold that day.

“Based on the support we received from the community and the success of The Tavern, our decision was not easy. As we anticipated what the next two years would look like, we decided not to invest in the labor market turmoil our restaurant and supply chain will bring.

“We are grateful for all the support from so many of you and for the friendships we have made. We look forward to continuing these relationships personally.”

The Tavern of Stow is the second Stow restaurant to close this month.

Pony Express announced its closure on November 21. The owner, 74, cited his age and ongoing business difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the reasons for the shutdown.

Journalist Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, kka[email protected] or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ.

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