The house owners of Longfellows Restaurant and Lodge in Saratoga Springs mentioned Thursday that will probably be closing its doorways in January, and altering fingers to a gaggle of recent traders to change into a brand new venue. Meaning dozens of {couples} shouldn’t have a wedding venue, simply months earlier than they have been going to say ‘I do’ on the spot beloved for its lovely weddings.

The restaurant and lodge is closing on January 21. Longfellows says it is working to assist its 78 employees members discover new work.

Longfellows’ house owners, Steve and Yvonne Sullivan and David Powers, are calling the sale the hardest determination they’ve needed to make. They’re well-known locally for his or her philanthropy. An announcement Thursday mentioned they’ll proceed to personal and function their second restaurant, the Olde Bryan Inn.

Each locations are beloved for the way in which the house owners have given again to the group, providing free meals at Thanksgiving and throughout the season of Code Blue.

The brides who spoke to NewsChannel 13 mentioned they hoped the venue did not know the sale was coming once they booked what was imagined to be their dream weddings.

“I could not breathe, my entire world was turned the wrong way up,” mentioned soon-to-be-bride Jessica Miller, describing the decision she bought informing her the venue was cancelling.

Miller mentioned she may nonetheless cry when she thinks about studying her June wedding to her fiancé Jeremie Ackerman had no location in any respect.

“Every little thing coincides with one another whenever you guide your venue and your date,” she defined, saying her distributors have been booked on each date for months. That meant she’d have to stay to her date and discover a new location.

Miller mentioned discovering a spot might be tough proper now, after many {couples} who postponed their weddings are at the moment getting married. She finally was capable of finding a brand new venue in Queensbury, thanks partially, she mentioned, to assist from Longfellows.

“Every little thing proper now’s on observe. Is there wooden? Trigger I wish to knock on wooden,” she mentioned.

Longfellows’ assertion says greater than 2,400 {couples} have been married there prior to now 26 years. Carlye Pagano and her fiancé Ryan Cook dinner at all times thought they’d be amongst them.

“Me and my fiancé, we have been collectively since highschool, we grew up going to Longfellows, we’re getting married there, level clean, interval,” she mentioned of her determination.

Every little thing she deliberate got here after that call.

“I used to be like, ‘We’ll do these photos right here, a primary look over right here,'” Pagano mentioned of her imaginative and prescient for the wedding. “The entire view of the whole lot has shifted, not essentially in a detrimental method, however in a ‘now we’ve to start out over’ kind of method.”

Each brides have booked new venues, however mentioned they really feel for these with weddings simply weeks away.

“I really feel a lot extra for them than I do for myself, as a result of though we had very slim pickings for 2023, I am nonetheless extraordinarily proud of what we have been capable of safe for our wedding,” mentioned Pagano.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to one of many house owners at a quantity listed for him, however didn’t hear again.

Couples scramble to find new wedding venues after Longfellows announces closure

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