LE ROY – L.B. Grand Steak and Spaghetti House, a restaurant with a nearly 40-year history on the village’s Main Street announced Monday afternoon that it was closing permanently.
The Farmer family, in a message posted to its Facebook page and on the restaurant’s entrance doors, cited a number of COVID-19-related factors in making the decision.
“The factors that led to this decision are primarily a consequence of the pandemic including the resulting required closure and subsequent restrictions on indoor dining. With no available outdoor seating, a current mandated capacity of only 50% indoors, and the rising cost of food due to supply chain interruption, it is not feasible for us to continue operations,” the message said.
The restaurant, 39 Main St., had undergone extensive renovations in recent years.
“After significant and careful consideration, it is with a heavy heart that we share with you we have made the decision to permanently close,” said the message, which was addressed to patrons and community members.
“The determination was not made lightly, and only after considerable review of all options,” the message said. “Despite our best efforts to succeed, over the past few months it has become increasingly apparent that keeping our doors open is no longer possible.”
The Farmer family extended its “sincerest gratitude” to its staff and acknowledged “their truly exceptional resilience and patience over the last few months in handling continually changing regulations and procedures due to the pandemic. We sincerely appreciate their hard work and dedication.”
L.B. Grand was founded in 1983 by Ron and Dolly Piazza. They operated the business successfully for decades, offering homemade Italian food and was noted for its spaghetti sauce.
The Piazzas eventually needed to find a new owner, so they approached Bill Farmer, who also owns the historic Creekside Inn tavern down the street, back in 2015. He was initially reluctant, but eventually decided to take on the challenge in 2016 with Executive Chef Sean Wolf.
After two years of renovations that included new carpeting, a new heating system and new décor that brightened the restaurant’s look, it had a grand reopening in March 2019. The restaurant had remained open through the renovations.
Under the Farmers, the restaurant included long-time favorites such as tripe, fish fry and Dolly Piazza’s popular sauce, while also adding new Italian-American selections and house-made sourdough bread.
The Farmers message also thanked the Piazza family for the opportunity to be part of the L.B. Grand family and serve the community.
“We remain fully committed to the town of Le Roy and are proud that we are able to continue to provide service in other capacities,” the Farmers wrote.