The Beeches to close

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The Beeches, the restaurant, inn and conference center in north Rome, will close as of Monday, Dec. 31 according to a press release from the owners.

“The Beeches of Rome will be closing,” said a release sent late Thursday morning. “Over the years we have been honored to be a part of many amazing events ... There’s never a good time to make a difficult decision like this, but we feel we must move forward at this time.”

The independent businesses with offices at the Beeches business park will be unaffected, according to the release. Information about deposits and booked events can be found at thebeechesclosing.com.

The release did not elaborate on the decision to close, and requests for comment from longtime owners the Destito family were not returned by press time. The Savoy, also owned by the Destito family, will remain open.

“I’m saddened,” said Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo Thursday morning. “It’s not only a major loss for Rome, it’s a loss for the region, as a banquet facility.”

“They’ve been in business for over 100 years,” she said of the Destito family, “and they’ve been so good to the community.”

“We’ve been working with them to explore other options for the property — the property won’t go away.”

Mayor Izzo declined to discuss potential future uses for the site.

“As hospitality professionals, the Destito family has a proud legacy of meeting and surpassing the needs of whatever was required to showcase Rome, its people, and the heart of our community,” said Rome Area Chmaber of Commerce Bill Guglielmo Thursday.

He added that the city still needs a large banquet/conference space, and said he “would be interested in knowing what the family has planned” for the campus.

According to city records, the 49.1 acre property is assessed at $1,201,300. The property was posted on an online realty list in January 2016, and is labeled “off-market” on that site as of Thursday morning.

According to the press release, the Beeches was purchased by the Destito family as the Potter Estate in 1949. As an event center, it hosted weddings, forums, conventions and notable events in Rome for 70 years.

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