2 Vine closes its doors for good
ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM)- 2 Vine, a popular restaurant in Rochester, is closing its doors after 19 years.
Employees say they showed up to work on Thursday and without notice or an explanation the restaurant was closed.
"It was a shock it was over today," said one employee who wanted to remain anonymous.
He said he is one of about 25 people who worked there.
"Disappointment, you know rent is due now, it's the 1st [of the month], now a lot of people are scared about being able to pay rent," the employee added.
He said last week's paycheck bounced, like others have in the past year.
Employees are now unsure if and when they will get paid.
"It's terrible, heartbreaking," the employee added.
The following statement about the closing was posted to the 2 Vine website.
"After 19 years serving Rochester diners, 2 Vine has regrettably decided to close its doors. With the lease about to expire, and unable to reach an agreement for an extension, Jerry Serafine, the owner and founder, made the tough and bittersweet decision to close. Mr. Serafine has undergone some recent health concerns which also aided in this decision. Mr. Serafine would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to 2 Vine’s talented chef, Pawl Kane, his staff and to the Rochester community for the years of patronage and friendships he has built along the way."
Employees said they tried to reach out to Serafine.
"He hasn't been answering phone calls, it goes straight to voicemail all day," said an employee.
13WHAM tried to call Serafine too but, did not hear back.
The closure came as a shock to Andy Publow, who made reservations days ago to eat at the restaurant.
"Our grandson showed up just as we did to find the place all locked up, no warning or anything letting us know," he said.
There is no sign on the front door to say the restaurant is closed.
"It's locked, no notice either, we thought maybe they were opening later and had made a reservation a little too early," said Publow.
Publow said this is a go-to spot for his family like many others on this side of town.
"It's pretty upsetting to me, it's shocking. It's always upsetting to hear of a local business that has been around and established," said Paul Pompeii, who works in the area.
Locals are hoping this place will open it's doors once again.
"Let's hope for the best that this is temporary maybe," Pompeii said.