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Lusco's Restaurant announces its closing this year

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 4:33 pm News Flash Archive

One of Greenwood's oldest and finest restaurants has announced that it will be closing sometime in 2021.

The announcement was posted on Lusco's Facebook page on April 11. It reads as follows:

We will be closing this year-2021- but we have not set a date. We hope to be able to announce that date at least two months ahead of time. We will continue to sell our sauces and hope to expand on Lusco's products. We will be selling those items retail.

This has been a very hard decision for us. However, age and health issues make the restaurant business extremely hard for both of us! We will miss it, and miss our customers! We love you all, and thank you for your continued support and patronage! Lusco's would not have lasted for 88 years without YOU!

In December 2016, Lusco's announced that it was for sale. At that time, Andy and Karen Pinkston, who have managed the restaurant since 1981, described the increasing difficulty of maintaining the business. They stated:

We are announcing that Lusco's is for sale in the hopes that we can find a young, enthusiastic and good restaurateur to continue the Lusco's tradition with the same devotion and dedication to good food and a preservation of the originality and history of Lusco's. If not we will be forced to close Lusco's eventually, but not right now.

Lusco's was started in 1921 by Charles and Marie Lusco as a grocery store and small restaurant, but moved to its present location at 722 Carrollton Avenue in 1933. It has changed little since that time, and the Pinkstons are the fourth generation to manage the restaurant.

More detailed history of Lusco's can be found at the restaurant's web site: Lusco's History


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