“Hard to say goodbye”: the restaurant closes after 71 years of breaking in

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A beloved Hudson Valley Italian restaurant is closing after 71 years in business.

In Orange County, the owners of Tony Boffa’s restaurant in Middletown announced they were retiring and the restaurant’s last day of operation would be Sunday, August 21.

“We had hoped that someone would take over the family business and continue to operate under Tony Boffa’s leadership, but unfortunately that will not happen,” reads a post on the the restaurant’s facebook page.

The owners went on to say that the restaurant was their pride and joy and that none of their success would have been possible without their loyal customers.

“Every day, every weekend and every holiday, we have given our all to bring you the best possible Italian food and service,” they wrote.

Harry Truman was in the White House when founders Antonio and Antoinette Boffa opened a small Italian restaurant on the corner of Railroad Avenue and East Main Street in 1951. Since then it has been family owned and operated by their children and grandchildren .

A look at the restaurant’s Yelp page highlights several customer favorites, including meatballs, chicken marsala, lasagna, and scampi with shrimp and lobster.

The Tony Boffa’s website proudly displays multiple first place ribbons for the Times Herald Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Italian Restaurant.

News of the restaurant’s closure prompted hundreds of comments and nearly a thousand shares on Facebook.

“So so sad to learn of the closure of your restaurant,” wrote Bob Soudant. “Wishing your family all the best for your retirement years ahead. Thank you for being there for the community and giving everyone memorable times together.

“The restaurant played a big part in my childhood and family memories,” wrote Michael Kamrass. “The restaurant was such a big part of Middletown that it’s a huge loss that it’s gone.”

“Thank you so much for all these wonderful years and the delicious food,” Liberty’s Kiri West wrote. “I have so many memories here. I will look back on all the times I spent here with emotion.

Tony Boffa’s invited the community to come “celebrate and reminisce” over their final weeks in business.

“That’s all we know and it’s going to be extremely difficult to say goodbye,” they said. “Thank you once again for all of your support and dedication to the restaurant. We look forward to seeing you over the next month!”

Tony Boffa’s restaurant is located at 75 Railroad Avenue in Middletown.

Find out more on his site.

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