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Owners Christel and Colin MacLean will devote full energy to Saratoga Juice Bar. (ERICA MILLER)
Owners Christel and Colin MacLean will devote full energy to Saratoga Juice Bar. (ERICA MILLER)

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Circus Cafe will close after Friday night.

Owners Christel and Colin MacLean had planned an exit from their restaurant enterprises to devote full energy to their juice business, and put the Circus Cafe up for sale this past summer.

They said Thursday they had hoped to keep it running until a new owner could take over, but a challenging labor environment and the timing of their insurance policy — it expires Sept. 30 — made them decide to close their doors at midnight Friday.

“We have a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation to our partners and investors for believing and supporting us in this venture,” the MacLeans said in a news release. “We are also incredibly grateful to our amazing, loyal and wonderful employees, customers, vendors and the remarkable community of Saratoga Springs and the Capital Region.”