A well-known Italian restaurant in Oneonta has closed its doors permanently, according to an online announcement made Friday morning.

Nina’s, located at the corner of Main and Elm streets, announced the closing on its Facebook page, which has been visited more than 500 times. The message was commented on by more than 70 users, many expressing regret and sadness after reading the news.

Owners David Delker and Karen Maerz-Beers could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

“For the last 16 months we have had the honor and privilege to make pizza and serve the Oneonta community,” the statement said, “that being said with a sad heart we must hang up our aprons and close the doors to Nina’s.”

The Facebook message did not indicate why the restaurant is closing, instead focusing on the positive.

“Our lives will be forever changed in a good way from this experience,” the message read. 

The restaurant, which specialized in pizza and other Italian foods, opened at the end of August 2013 in place of Mama Nina’s Pizza, which was located at 299 Main St.

Delker, a former manager at NBT Bank, and Maerz-Beers, a massage therapist, left their respective jobs to run the restaurant, they told The Daily Star in 2013. They made several renovations to the space, adding a bar and repainting the walls.

To end the message, management thanked staff members and customers for their support.

“We truly want to thank our hard working staff for standing behind us until the very end,” it read. “And we especially want to thank our customers, it was a pleasure getting to know all of you and seeing your faces when you stop in.”

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