Reel Seafood Co., the longstanding seafood restaurant that has been in business for more than three decades, has closed, according to an announcement posted on the restaurant's website.
The restaurant was in business for 37 years. Its last day of operation was Saturday. The restaurant offered no reason for the sudden closure.
In its website message, the restaurant's management team thanked the public for supporting the business throughout its run.
"We are saddened to announce that The Reel Seafood Company has permanently closed its doors after serving customers on Saturday, January 18. The Reel Seafood Company wishes to thank you, the customer, for your many years of support and dedication. Your support over the years is the reason Reel Seafood was the most highly regarded seafood restaurant in the Capital Region," the company said in a statement on its website. "The decision to close our wonderful and iconic restaurant was a very difficult one and not one entered into lightly. We are committed to assisting each and every one of our loyal and dedicated employees to find employment."
There was no information on exactly how many employees were affected by the closure, and a representative from the restaurant could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday afternoon.
Customers who purchased a yet-unused gift card for the restaurant will receive a refund.
The closure comes six years after the restaurant closed for a three-week renovation under new owner, Aliki Serras, the daughter of Reel Seafood's retiring longtime owner LeGrande Serras.
Aliki Serras took three weeks in January 2014 renovating the restaurant at a cost of $600,000, she indicated. The restaurant's was expected to embark on another $400,000 project that fall to enlarge a patio dining area. The restaurant rolled out a revamped menu at the time of the renovations.
A Gazette reviewer wrote that the changes resulted in "a swanky and sleek restaurant."
"Ms. Serras has preserved the best qualities of Reel Seafood, including the largest variety of fresh seafood in the area, homemade desserts and solid service, while updating the menu and the building and adding an air of exclusivity," the Gazette review then read.
LeGrande Serras opened the restaurant in 1983 and had retired by 2014. Aliki Serras left the restaurant in 2016, The Albany Business Review reported then.
- Revamped Reel Seafood an upscale experience, March 30, 2014
- Reel Seafood stays in family with sale to daughter, Dec. 26, 2013