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Mario's Restaurant Closes Next Month As Part Of Development Plan

One of this area's best known restaurants will be shutting its doors next month. But the closing of Mario's is part of a long term plan that involves some new development.

The patriarch of the family run business, Mario Daniele, has been running ads talking about the fact his restaurant on Monroe Avenue in Brighton will serve its last meal on December 23rd.

This is all about the plan to try and get a Whole Foods Market as part of a new development where Mario's is now located. Anthony Daniele, one of the owners of the business, says his father and the rest of the family certainly have a strong attachment to the restaurant business.

"It's a very emotional decision; it's filled with thousands of beautiful memories, weddings, funerals, anniversaries…but it's part of growth and it's something that we never let the grass grow under our feet so we're constantly moving forward and in fact this is a step forward for us."

Mario's in Brighton has been there for 20 years. The family moved there from a smaller restaurant on East Avenue in Rochester. Anthony Daniele says they are eventually hoping to reopen another restaurant not far from where the current Brighton eatery is located.

But he says it's possible they may move the banquet operation to another location. Pending approvals, they hope to see the Whole Foods store open in 2017. The Danieles are also planning to open up other retail shops in that same plaza

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.