A popular restaurant in Farmington suddenly closed its doors Thursday.
Apricot’s Restaurant says they are shutting down for renovations until January.
Now, a neighborly gesture from other area restaurants looking to help people who have events booked and need a new venue.
At the restaurant on Sunday, it looked as if it is frozen in time. The Halloween decorations can be seen through the window, hanging in anticipation of a holiday that will not see the doors open to the public. At the outside bar, napkins were still out as are the glasses and buckets on the counter.
The popular restaurant and banquet facility with gorgeous views of the Farmington River abruptly closed its doors and a sign saying closed till further notice was taped to the entrance.
The owners said they are doing a makeover and will reopen in January, saying renovations were initially planned for the spring, but that builders had a cancellation now and they chose to do it immediately.
That’s not exactly the best news if you have a planned event. At Cure Restaurant in Unionville, they say a bride called them desperate to find a new wedding location.
"I did have someone reach out to me, they said they had a reception booked in December. So, I’ve had a few other people reach out as well and some employees come our way which is great,” said Karen Rokosa, general manager at Cure.
She says they wanted to help out, so until the end of the year, they are offering a 30 percent discount on the value of any Apricots gift card as well as offering alternative banquet space.
“It just struck a chord with me, feeling the need to reach out and help somebody if I can,” Rokosa said.
Apricot’s says the staff will go on unemployment. Cure Restaurant is also offering to help employees looking for work.
“Fortunately, we have been able to take on one employee so far, in the kitchen. We have some more interviews set up this week,” Rokosa said.
Long time patrons fear the place may not reopen due to financial difficulties. Channel 3 obtained legal documents showing the owners of Apricot’s are in a legal dispute with their landlord over the rent owed on a catering company they have in Hartford, but there is no evidence that pending lawsuit is in any way related to Apricot’s temporary closure.
So for now, longtime patrons remain hopeful yet, skeptical the place will reopen.
“We would like it to be renovations, its lovely here, but I think it’s over,” said long-time patron Debbie Nichols.
Many other restaurants and hotels in the area are also offering up banquet space as well as jobs for Apricot’s employees.
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