After almost 5 decades providing meals and memories, an iconic central New York restaurant is closing.

Kirby's restaurant in Yorkville, that opened August 16, 1969 as Mr. Steak, will serve it's last dinner Sunday, September 9th. Owners has made the tough decision to close their doors. "We would like to thank our many guests that have come through the doors, some occassionaly and many that have made Kirby's a regular go to spot to share a meal, conversation and to have a good time with good friends," wrote Kirby's owner Richard Zdyb on Facebook.

The staff that made Kirby's a success for nearly 50 years were recognized as well. "Some came for a short time, their first job, a job between jobs, a job while in college and many have started their career in the restaurant business or made their career at Kirby's."

Doug Wright is one of those employees who remembered his time fondly on Facebook. "Worked there 2001-2003 in the kitchen. It gave me my love of cooking and a lot of fun memories with the other guys who worked on the line.

Customers are sharing their memories and dissapointment on social media.

Renee Werner Laws: Oh no. I'm devastated. Thank you for all the awesome memories. And all the toll house pie.

Arlene Pumilio: What a shame. Been going there since my kids were babies. Now I take my grandkids.

Aubre P Sullivan: As a regular customer, this is so disappointing to read. We could always count on a great meal at a fair price and great service from Heather or Liza for our Sunday night dinner date. You will be missed

The two Syracuse locations will remain open on East East Genesee Street in Fayetteville and West Genesee Street in Syracuse.


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