Chiccarino’s to close

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A popular business in Hermitage is closing its doors.

The owner of Chiccarino’s Italian Restaurant is retiring. Jerry Chiccarino bought the business 21 years ago, and said they’ve had plenty of ups and downs.

And while business has picked up recently, Chiccarino is ready to spend more time with his wife.

He said he spent 46 years in the restaurant business and will miss it.

The last day is Aug. 24.

Chiccarino sold his property to Speedway. They will build a gas station and convenience store.

There was a dispute with a neighboring property over an easement, but Chiccarino said Speedway settled that issue.

“I’m going to miss the creativity of cooking,” Chiccarino said. “I really liked to create a lot of new dishes and present them to the customers. We’re going to miss the day-to-day, face-to-face meeting with our customers.”

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