The sudden closure of a popular diner is leaving Voorheesville without a traditional sit-down restaurant. As our Matt Hunter reports, it comes at a time when village leaders are expecting an influx of people into the community.
VOORHEESVILLE, N.Y. – The sudden closure of a popular diner leaves one Albany County community without a sit-down restaurant. After wrapping up for the day on Sunday, the owners of the decades old Voorheesville Diner announced on Facebook they were closed for good.
This past spring, Smith's Tavern, known by locals as "Smitty's," also closed, which now leaves the village without a traditional restaurant.
The closures come as three new large housing developments are being built, the first major growth in about 20 years. As civic leaders work on completing a comprehensive plan for the village, they admit bringing in new restaurants is a priority.
"It's a very vibrant community, so I look at it as an opportunity for somebody else to do something with the site. I don't imagine it will stay vacant for very long," village mayor Bob Conway said.
Conway says he's been contacted by several potential investors in search of space in the village to open a restaurant or food service business.