Gentile's owner blames sudden closure on liquor license delay

Gentile's Restaurant closes suddenly due to a mounting debt.

You can call it a sign of the times. After 13 years in business, a Central New York favorite announced its sudden closure via Twitter saying, "We are sad to announce Gentile's has closed. We thank you for your patronage over the years. We'll continue to cater 4 u so stay in touch!"

Josh Snyder with BTI Travel says it was his company's restaurant of choice, their go-to place for corporate events.

"I was shocked. I mean they have a strong cook. He makes delicious food and it has a strong following. It's been in the community for years ," says Snyder.

Chuck Cooney of Camillus was shocked to hear the news. He ate dinner there less than a month ago.

"It was a fantastic experience. The food was delicious and you're telling me now they're going to close. I'm very disappointed because it was a great experience and I was looking forward to coming back very soon," says Cooney.

This sudden closure comes two years after owner Kevin Gentile moved his restaurant to North Geddes Street. During an interview last year, he told CNYCentral's Dora Scheidell it was the perfect location.

"I found this location and it was absolutely perfect for me. Banquet facility upstairs, main dining room downstairs, and able to increase my kitchen," said Gentile on April 5, 2013.

Gentile hit a bump in the road

when a hold up with the state liquor authority forced him to operate for a year and a half without a liquor license.

Monday, G

entile says that is what drove him into $200,000 debt.


n the meantime, he'll be catering the events he already booked, using the kitchen at the Crowne Plaza Hotel until he can re-ignite his true passion of running his own kitchen.