Running a business in New York state isn't easy. Running a restaurant is even harder and another one is closing its doors.

The Alpine restaurant in Constableville is closing after re-opening in September 2014 when Nancy and Mike Wendt bought it. "The restaurant business is not an easy one," the Wendt's shared on Facebook. "The typical challenges associated with restaurant business coupled with increased regulations, loss/lack of reliable help, rising minimum wage, and costs of products, has forced us to make the tough decision to close our doors."

The doors will close November 17th to give customers time to use gift cards and have one last meal at the restaurant. "We want to thank all of those who have supported us over the last 5 years. Those who have encouraged us and believed in us and our mission to make our little town a place people want to visit and stay for a while."

The community is saddened to hear the place that felt like home is closing. "The extra effort that has gone into everything you have done since you bought the place always made every special occasion we celebrated there feel like we were home," shared Melissa Parsons.

The Alpine joins a growing list of local restaurants closing its doors. The Crazy Clam closed after 22 years in Sylvan Beach. Zebb's shut down in July in New Hartford. Kirby's was no more last September after nearly 50 years in business and the Beeches in Rome closed after 70 years.

The Wendt family says the decision to close wasn't an easy one but "for our family, it was the right thing to do. We take a piece of all of you with us and your patronage will never be forgotten."

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