UTICA, NY-- After more than 30 years of serving Italian American dishes, Joeys’ Restaurant on Mohawk Street in Utica will close at the end of the year.
"I have always tried to put out big dishes food at lower prices and continue to be able to do that it wasn't possible," said Michael Brown, owner of Joey's. "It just came to be time between them and hours I work, the cost of everything to stay open I just became unfeasible."
It's been a family tradition for Brown and his five children, all of them have helped run the business over the years.
"I was always coming down here after school," said Kathryn Brown, one of Michael Brown's children. "Even sitting down with customers and talking with them, because like I said everyone that comes here is family everyone knows each other, ... this is my second home."
The restaurant itself has changed locations and owners since the early 1980s .But the menu has always been a top priority.
"It's all homemade, everything," Kathryn Brown said.
"Everything is homemade, so if we don't make it here, somebody locally makes it," Michael Brown said. "I've always tried to use a local vendor to with my products because I want to keep the money in house."
He said it's been an emotional time, but he knows its the right decision for him, his family and his customers.
"I had to make a decision what was best for us and what was going be in the future," he said. "The time was right."