CHESHIRE — Sweetpea, a dining spot on South Main Street with an eclectic menu, closed last month.
There was no one in the business on Thursday, although furniture and other items were still present. A sign on the door said Sweetpea was closed for maintenance.
Owner Maria Ojedacouldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. She was a Sweetpea employee before she bought the business.
Jaymie Clark, a frequent customer, said she got to know Ojeda, who would prepare her food since Clark has a restrictive diet.
“She knew me by name, she always knew what I wanted,” Clark said. “I got to know her pretty well.”
Ojeda’s family encouraged her to close the Route 10 restaurant because of health issues, according to Clark.
Sweetpea served a variety of Spanish-inspired foods along with some traditional American fare. The restaurant was unique among the town’s food offerings.
“Cheshire needed that,” Clark said. “She would make this special pineapple mango salsa, it was amazing.”
Sheldon Dill, Cheshire Chamber of Commerce president, said Sweetpea was a popular spot and had been a chamber member for several years.
“I thought they had a very good reputation, their food was very good,” he said.