Watertown's Apollo Restaurant Closing After 30+ YearsPosted: Updated: Dec 12, 2018 05:28 AM
Watertown's only Greek restaurant is closing after more than three decades in business.
Apollo Restaurant made the announcement on its Facebook page Tuesday and customers were stunned.
"I was actually devastated. My friend and I - we can't believe it...There's really no comparison. It's not like we can go somewhere similar anywhere in this area," said Silver Lane of Carthage.
Family owned and operated since 1988, the Apollo Restaurant in Watertown's Price Chopper Plaza has been a must for fans of Greek food like gyros, spanakopita and baklava.
"It's as close as you can get to actually being in Europe," said Derry Lowcks of Potsdam.
"I've been coming here probably for three or four years and never knew I liked Greek food and love it," said Shannon Doney of Watertown.
The owners say they decided to close due to differences in their lease renewal that they couldn't come to terms with. They informed their eight employees and announced the restaurant's final day of operation will be December 29.
"I cannot tell you how good this restaurant has been to me personally, my family, my kids grew up here - they all worked here. My nephew worked here, my nieces, my sister, my brother...Thank you for 30 years of support and friendship. We're gonna miss ya," said co-owner Bill Tinsley.
Tinsley says the restaurant's equipment, furniture and fixtures will be sold at a later date.
As for what's next, Tinsley says he'd ideally like to retire to a beach in Florida right now, but he's actually not sure what the family's next step will be.