ROME, N.Y. -- The Beeches in Rome will be closing at the end of this year.
The Destito family posted an announcement on their website thanking the community for supporting their business for more than 70 years.
The family purchased the Potter Estate in Rome back in 1949 and say they have grown the 52-acres into what is now known as the Beeches Restaurant and Conference Center, Inn at the Beeches, and Beeches Business Park.
You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't attended a wedding or event at the Rome establishment.
They didn’t list a reasoning behind the closure, but say in the statement the decision to close was a difficult one to make, and they feel the need to move forward at this time.
WKTV tried to talk to the owners about the memories and legacy formed over the last 70 years, but they didn't get back to us.
The Rome area Chamber of Commerce made the announcement on their behalf.
“I know that the community will want there to be a major facility in Rome To house major events and we're anxious to be part of our discussions having to do with what we can do to promote the positive aspects of Rome and the need for a major facility,” said Rome Area Chamber of Commerce President Bill Guglielmo.
For anyone who put a deposit down on any booked events for the next year, and room reservations – they have created a website for those who need refunds. They also promise to help in any way with finding places to relocate events.
Any gift cards that are unused can still be used at the Savoy, which is not closing, or will be refunded.
The closure will in no way impact The Savoy, Beeches Office Park or Long Term Stays, and Destito Realty will remain in place.
The Beeches will officially close their doors on December 31, 2018.