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Three local hot-spot restaurants close

by Shelby Toth - Executive Editor
Thu, Feb 7th 2019 01:00 pm

Small businesses in the Village of Brockport rely on college students for a large portion of their income during the academic year. However, with all of the different shops and restaurants open locally, not all can survive. Taste of Soul, Main Street Eatery and Mitch’s C&S Saloon have all recently closed their doors.

Taste of Soul was a southern soul food restaurant that was relatively new to the Brockport area. According to Democrat & Chronicle, the restaurant opened Dec. 6, 2017, with Alabama-native Timothy Lee as the owner. The restaurant was well liked on Facebook, rating 4.2 out of 5 stars and 367 likes on Taste of Soul’s page.

College at Brockport Senior KateLyn Aldrich-Banks was surprised to hear of the restaurant’s closing when she returned from winter break.

“The food was really good,” Aldrich-Banks said. “It was like a little taste of home back in South Carolina.”

According to the Brockport Blog, an independent news blog run by Democrat & Chronicle journalist Caurie Putnam, the Main Street Eatery shut down due to “lease issues.”

In a Facebook comment written by Cheryl Bortle Kipp, a now former manager of Main Street Eatery, she explained a bit further the reason they closed.

“Unfortunately we were not happy with the lease agreement,” Bortle Kipp wrote. “Everyone who knows us and who matter knows that Mike kept the restaurant spotless and food safety and cleanliness was top notch. Also, business was really good... Thank you to all of our customers for your business. We appreciate you.”

As for Mitch’s C&S Saloon, the dive bar announced they would be closing indefinitely on their Instagram, with the final day being December 30. According to zillow.com, the property of C&S Saloon was sold on January 9, 2019. Many people, from locals to alumni of The College at Brockport, took to the bar’s Instagram to express their sadness over its closing.

With the three now empty spaces on Main Street, the possibilities are endless for what could go into them. Aldrich-Banks is hoping to see something a bit healthier open up.

“There are so many pizzerias and junk food places,” Aldrich-Banks said. “I would love to see a healthier option other than buying groceries at Walmart.”

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