HOLYOKE — The Fernandez family restaurant will close after 34 years later this month.
In a publication on Facebookthe owners of the High Street restaurant have announced that the restaurant will close permanently on July 22.
“It’s a bittersweet time for us as it has become our second home and for many who have passed through our doors, generation after generation. It was not an easy decision, but it is a decision which had to be taken.
“Like us, the Fernandez family, Rafael, Ada Sr., Jackie, Ada Jr. and Ivelis have always believed and held steadfastly that family is above all else above all else,” the statement continued. “Throughout these uncertain times, you have proven your loyalty to us, and for that, we are eternally grateful.”
Rafael Fernandez left his home in Puerto Rico in 1971 and came to Holyoke. He found a job at American Pad & Paper, one of Holyoke’s many paper mills, and an apartment in the city’s Flats neighborhood. His wife, Ada, left Puerto Rico to join him.
In 1988 the family opened the Fernandez Family Restaurant on Suffolk Street. They moved to 111 High St. after their restaurant suffered water damage when the old Knights of Columbus building caught fire. Eventually they moved to their current location, 161 High St.
The restaurant actively supports non-profit organizations and local sports teams.
“It has been our greatest pleasure to serve all of you, our community, the City of Holyoke, not only in the business aspect, but also to the many non-profit organizations, businesses, many sports teams, such as baseball teams and softball and domino clubs. which we had the privilege of sponsoring,’ the family said in a statement. “Thank you for allowing us to be part of this amazing community.”