BEAUMONT - The owner of a popular Beaumont restaurant has announced the business will close its doors next month.
Goodfella's on Dowlen Road will close April 28, according to a Facebook post from the owner, Frankie Randazzo.
The restaurant is in Tuscany Park. Calvary Baptist Church purchased the property last summer for about $7.5 million. At the time of the purchase, the pastor of Calvary Baptist said that businesses with leases would be allowed to stay through the duration of their leases.
On the Goodfella's Facebook page, the restaurant's owner said the reason for closing was that "the soft economy of the past and recent changes at our location have proven to be more challenging than expected."
He went on to say "Calvary Baptist has been more than reasonable with their handling of their acquisition of the center, and we thank them for their open communication and assistance as they begin the transition of their property."
Here's the entire Goodfella's Facebook post:
I'd like to take this moment to formally announce the closing of Goodfella's April 28th. It has been a wonderful experience over the last 4 years, and I can't begin to express my sincere gratitude for all those that supported our efforts there by having lunches, dinners and special occasions with us. The soft economy of past, and recent changes at our location have proven to be more challenging than expected, and we have made the incredibly difficult choice to circle the wagons and regroup. To be absolutely clear, Calvary Baptist has been more than reasonable with their handling of their acquisition of the center, and we thank them for their open communication and assistance as they begin the transition of their property. The common procedure to close a restaurant, especially an independent location, is to simply lock the doors with no notice to staff as we have seen in so many other scenarios. We have far too much respect for our employees, and the community we live and work in to even consider this option. Our primary, truthfully only, concern is with the employees and their families, as they are our family as well. As a company we have done our best to offer all existing employees positions at our other locations, Madison's and Dylan's, and ask that you take an evening to dine with us before the 28th, enjoy a wonderful meal and let us thank you personally for the memories of all the great times we were so fortunate to share at Goodfella's. If you are a local restaurant owner or manager looking to add AMAZING people to your team please contact us so that we can assist in a smooth transition for all of our staff. Again, thank you to all our staff, guests and community for supporting our passion all these years. Frankie Randazzo