Golden Dawn’s future remains uncertain

Owner Johnny Naples said the decision to permanently close the Golden Dawn or reopen it will be "a family decision"

The owners of the Golden Dawn in Youngstown are expected to release more details today on the future of the restaurant.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Owners of the Golden Dawn in Youngstown say they don’t know if they will reopen the restaurant or close it permanently.

A final decision will be made in 15 to 30 days and the deciding factor will be what the family wants to do.

The announcement was made Tuesday during a press conference.

Attorney John McNally, III said the Golden Dawn will close Saturday for a possible restructuring and reorganization, for renovations and repairs, and to deal with other issues. He stressed it was not closing due to financial issues.

Monday, there was some question about the restaurant’s future after an employee told WKBN that it would close permanently. Later, owner Phil Naples said the business was only closing temporarily due to electrical problems and that it would reopen after a couple of weeks.

The Naples family opened the restaurant in 1932 and it has been a fixture in the Valley.

“I come here every week. I’m here every Tuesday and other days and when I have people in from out of town, I bring them here,” John Giannini said.

Carolyn Giannini said it reminded her of Cheers.

“Everybody knows your name. It was a clique, it was good.”

When asked why they would renovate the interior if the Golden Dawn wasn’t going to reopen, owners said it was to prepare for the possible sale of the building.


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