Another downtown restaurant has closed its doors.
Luna Rosa Gelato Cafe announced Jan. 2 that it is closing after 15 years in business.
The Ortiz family, owner of the restaurant, made the news on social networks.
“Luna Rosa Famiglia, we’ve been through it all with you,” the family said in the post. “We have celebrated 15 years of birthdays, anniversaries, wine dinners, movie nights and openings. And we’ve weathered just as many storms, illnesses, power outages and other uncertainties with you by our side. But it is with heavy hearts that we say our journey has come to an end. To close the doors of a restaurant that we have worked so hard to build over a decade and a half is nothing short of devastating. But know that the Famiglia we built with you lives on; we are forever grateful to you. So although we say ‘goodbye’ to our restaurant today, we can only say ‘thanks for everything and we hope to see you around’ to all of you.”
The restaurant also has a second location at 306 N. Main St. There has been no word on whether the Mauldin location will close or remain open.
The closure comes after the restaurant struggled to keep its doors open in the spring of 2020, when COVID-19 lockdowns and reduced traffic led to a steep drop in sales.
Read our full profile on the family behind Luna Rosa.
The family ended up being able to keep Luna Rosa open, thanks in part to nearly $25,000 raised from a GoFundMe drive.
This is a developing story.