GENESEO – Two Livingston County restaurants have stopped serving food – one permanently – due to the financial burdens of COVID-19.
The Big Tree Inn, 46 Main St., Geneseo, continues to operate the hotel portion of its business, but is no longer serving food.
“We have suspended all food operations. In the restaurant and the tavern we have suspended that operation through the end of the calender year,” said Mat Felthousen, interim executive director of SUNY Geneseo’s Campus Auxiliary Services, which operates the Big Tree Inn.
With the COVID-19 pandemic Felthousen said there was not enough business to support food operations to remain open. Restaurant and tavern operations were suspended as of the close of business on Aug. 22 and will extend through the remainder of 2020, Felthousen said.
“It was primarily a financial decision,” said Felthousen.
He said the Big Tree Inn did open for a short time over the summer for in-person dining but said it was not enough to support business operations.
The hotel portion of the business will remain open and as changes happen with COVID-19, he said, so could business operations at the Big Tree Inn.
“This remains a fluid situation, and circumstances may change; we will closely monitor factors that would permit a full return to operations, including guidance from the Governor,” said Felthousen.
Felthousen said there are no plans to close down any other parts of the inn. Reservations, he said, will be honored and they will continue to host events in the community.
“There is a lot of history in that building and we know that it is a big part of Main Street and we are very much looking forward to reopening in the future,” said Felthousen.
Another business hit hard by the pandemic was CB’s Bar & Grill, 130 Main St., Dansville.
The restaurant said in a Sept. 14 Facebook post that factors related to the pandemic and continued financial losses because of the pandemic left it with no choice but to close its doors for good.
“It’s not a decision that we made lightly and we have truly enjoyed being a part of the Main Street community for the last 3.5 years,” the post said.
The County News did try and reach them for comment on the story but did not hear back.
Crystal Burns opened CB’s in July 2017, replacing The Old Madrid restaurant at the same location.
The restaurant’s post encouraged its patrons to continue to support other local restaurants - “They need it now more than ever!” said the post.
“We want to thank all of our customers, family, friends and employees that have supported us along the way. We thank you for everything you have done to keep us going! We set out to create a place that the community could be proud of and a place where everyone felt welcomed and I think we did just that!,” the post said. “We hope CB’s will live on in the hearts of the Dansville Community for years to come.”