PORTAGE, MI — Bravo! Restaurant and Cafe is closing its doors after operating for 33 years in the Kalamazoo area, business partners announced today.
“After much discussion and exploration of alternatives, we have come to the difficult decision to permanently close Bravo! Restaurant and Cafe,” a statement posted on May 5 on the restaurant’s Facebook page reads. “As everyone is feeling the impacts from COVID-19, we are no exception. Please know this is a very difficult and emotional time for us. We are missing you already.”
The names of business partners Terry Hagen, Shawn Hagen and Ann and Don Parfet appear at the bottom of the statement.
The restaurant is located at 5402 Portage Road, where kitchen and waitstaff have served up steaks, pastas, seafood and other selections, as well as beer brewed by Bravo! and other drinks. The 33 years in business have provided a lifetime of memories and its owners are grateful, the letter states.
“We have been with you for first dates, prom nights, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, baby showers, anniversaries, retirement parties and so much more. We have come to know many of you as family. We will always appreciate the trust you placed in us,” the letter states.
“We are grateful, too, for our very talented, professional staff who have provided us with memorable milestones of their own. It may have been the food that brought us together but it has been the relationships that will keep us forever friends.”
The statement thanks the people that supported the business over the years.
The restaurant closed on March 16, following an order from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that temporarily banned on-site dining in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. The restaurant said at the time they support the effort to thwart the virus, and that the challenge would be in determining when to reopen.
The business did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
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