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Crystal Bar to shut down

September 14, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM-A city dining institution will close its doors Monday after a long period of economic hardship.

Crystal Ristorante and Bar, on Lyon Street, will shut its doors after more than 50 years in business with three separate owners. The current owner, Anthony Centi, says business has dried up.

"It's just the economy," Centi said.

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Amsterdam’s Crystal Ristorante and Bar, seen in this May file photo, will close its doors Monday. (Leader-Herald file photo)

Crystal Ristorante was opened by his grandfather in 1945, and he has been running the restaurant for the last 25 years.

The business was foreclosed upon, with the process starting in March. Centi credited the patrons who've continued support the restaurant, allowing it to stay open as long as it has.

"A lot of people have been coming in," Centi said.

Describing his customer base as loyal, Centri said the reason his business was such an institution was the great food it served and the personal treatment it gave each customer.

Centi says he's "too old to work and too young to retire," but he would like to open another restaurant, offering the same menu at another location.



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