Italian restaurant in Conklin closing its doors this weekend

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CONKLIN (WBNG) — On Sunday, Tonarlo’s Pizza and Restaurant in Conklin will shut down after 15 years of serving customers.

“We were very blessed to last this long for a small business,” said Tonarlo’s Pizza and Restaurant Owner Tonya Gennarelli.

Gennarelli says she is closing down the business for a change of pace.

“As life goes on I have more things going on in my life, so it’s time to spend time with my family and take care of my health and start a new chapter,” said Gennarelli.

Tonarlo’s has been for sale the past two years. The owner hasn’t had much luck with a buyer.

The owner says she’s hopeful someone will be interested in buying the property, even if it doesn’t remain a restaurant.

Gennarelli says she’s had challenging times in her business with profitability.

“Maybe not so much in the pocket all the time but in the heart yes, very profitable in the heart,” she said.

She says she’s been through the good and bad, and no matter what, the community was right by her side.

“People that you see everyday,” she explained. “Maybe once a month and you get to know them. They supported me when I lost my son. They supported me when I lost my house and now they’re coming to say goodbye and support me in my new chapter.”

Gennarelli gives her many thanks to her loyal customers.

“Just everybody that has been here for me and for Tonarlo’s throughout the years and I wish them the best and I will miss them greatly,” she added.

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