DURHAM — Time Out Taverne, a decades-old town institution, closed Monday.
“It was a decision made under great pressure, and with great reluctance,” the restaurant’s website said. “The owners and staff are crushed that it ended this way, while we were making a great effort to turn things around.”
Early this week, signs were posted in the restaurant’s window that say “Time Out Taverne is now closed. We’ll miss you! Thanks for your patronage!!”
Owners Jack and Karen Castiglione and Gary Carmichael could not be reached for comment.
First Selectman Laura Francis said the tavern has been embedded in the community for years, and its owners often showed generosity toward others.
“They deserve our gratitude because they have been very supportive of our community, many of us individually, as well as our civic organizations and our schools,” Francis said.
She said people should not jump to conclusions as to why the tavern closed, and instead assume that the owners either “had to or wanted to make that decision.”
“Anytime we lose a place to gather and recreate and meet up with each other, it’s a loss,” Francis said.
Francis said the current owners took over the restaurant, at 100 New Haven Road, about 12 years ago.
Four-year employee Jose Perez said he is sad to see the business close. He said he started as a dishwasher and worked his way up to become a cook.
“It’s sad that we had to all go and good people lost there jobs ...we (were) like a big family,” Perez said in a Facebook messenge. “… It was a really good place”