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Landmark restaurant to close in Trumbull County

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NILES, Ohio - After 56 years in business, Alberini's Restaurant will serve it's last meal on Saturday.

Richard "Chook" Alberini Jr would not specify on the reason for the closing but appeared emotional when he told 21 News he would make a statement next week.

Mayor Ralph Infante has fond memories of the family owned restaurant founded by the late Richard F. Alberini Sr.

"After football games, all the people from Niles would go there you know," Infante says. "During the years, a lot of football events were held there so it's sad to see them closing the doors."

Members of the community that 21 News spoke to hope Chook realizes that his family's business has been a special meeting place with good food and great service.

"I had a wonderful time there all the time," says Raymond Romito of Austintown. "Sorry to hear they're closing."

D'Vino's, an upscale restaurant that opened in the lower half of the same building as Alberini's last year, will continue to operate.

"Hopefully [D'Vino's] will pick up the upstairs where Alberini's leaves off and keep the landmark going and hopefully carries the name," Infante says. "People came from out of town, they always went to Alberini's."

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