IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WROC) — Cooper Deli has been serving meals to the Irondequoit community since 1946, but will soon be closing its doors for good.
Earlier this month, the business announced on Facebook that the restaurant near the corner of Titus Avenue and Cooper Road does not have an official close date, but hopes to be open until the end of June.
The social media post does not specify the reason for closure but added that the lease is ending and the store will be permanently closing.
“We are very thankful for all of our loyal customers who have always supported us,” the Facebook post said in part. “Creating these relationships with you all is something that we have truly enjoyed. We know that there are many who feel a connection here and have many memories within these walls. We hope you are able to stop in and enjoy one of your favorites before we officially lock the doors!”
Rachel Nolan says this is where a lot of her childhood memories live — like after school with people lining out the door to get a “famous sandy sizzler.”
“Sliced chicken, cheese, hot sauce, and blue cheese dressing,” she said. “I was very sad, obviously a lot of us are really upset to see this staple in our community go.”
The reason for the closure, according to owner Tracey Fitzpatrick, was not in their control. A ten-year lease is up, and the landlord isn’t renewing.
“About four years ago, the new owner bought it and it actually wasn’t for sale, and so there’s always a red flag there, possibly they have other intentions,” she said.
The intentions aren’t known at this time. Fitzpatrick says the owner manages another restaurant group, causing some to speculate — but the town says, no plans are in writing.
“It’s private property, basically he owns it, he’s allowed to do as he wishes,” she said. “We’ve been trying to relocate since we knew he was buying it, and we just haven’t really had any success.”
An overwhelming sadness, she said: to learn the fate of the deli this way, after making such an impact, on so many people.
“We enjoy serving everyone, seeing how they’re doing checking in, seeing how that wedding went.”
Now she’s focused on writing the next chapter in her life; holding onto lifelong memories and enjoying every last moment, with the deli.
The Irondequoit staple specializes in breakfast and sandwiches for lunch, with more than 60 specialty sandwiches on its menu.
If you’d like to stop by for one last meal before the business closes, the current hours are as follows:
- Monday through Thursday — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Friday — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.