Long-running Worcester, Mass. Restaurant Closing Doors

(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) - Customers at Riley's Restaurant in Worcester, Mass. enjoy one last breakfast before the eatery closes its doors, a morning tradition many have been a part of for years.

Ralph Lombardi of Worcester said, “Huh. That's a good question. Thirty to 40 years probably.”

Lou Dunn, a regular customer, said, “Ever since I can remember and I’m a very old timer so it's been a whole time.”

Paul Riley opened the restaurant in 1975.

For the last 6 1and a half years, Riley's sister and husband have owned and operated it.

During that time the Lincoln Street staple built a large following of loyal customers.

Dunn said, “As you can see the breakfast club this is our big thing and when you get old it's the only thing you got.”

After careful consideration the family decided to sell the business.

A new restaurant will be opening in its place.

The owners say it's the customers they will miss the most.

Owner Alan Consolmagno said, “Meeting people you make a lot of friendships. It will be tough but my wife and I will be coming here for breakfast I’m sure.”

Owner Chris Consolmagno said, “The people seeing the people that's the bittersweet end of it you make so many friends.”

After 37 years in business, Riley says the secret to its success is more than making fresh, homemade food.

Previous Owner Paul Riley said, “Nice atmosphere and one of the biggest things you have to remember, people's names. People want to be called by their name.”

Thursday customers, old and some new, stopped by for one last dish served with the Riley’s signature "family style."

Dunn said, “It’s being home again, it's wonderful.l I hate to see it close.”

Riley said, “You look forward to seeing these people on a daily basis you become a part of their life.”

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