Downtown Valparaiso has one of the most vibrant dining scenes in the Region.
But that means restaurants, even high-quality ones with acclaimed food, come and go.
Albano's Pasta Shop at 22 Washington St. is closing. The eatery offered a contemporary twist on traditional Italian cuisine.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Albano's Pasta Shop," the restaurant posted. "First, we want to thank all of our wonderful guests and employees for supporting us and becoming our family over these past three years in our downtown location. What began as a little 30-seat restaurant on a twinkly stretch of Washington St. grew into a place that has welcomed hundreds and thousands of guests and employed some very special, talented people over the years. We are extremely humbled that so many embraced our restaurant and even more humbled that we got to grow with so many great people in the community. You allowed us to succeed, adopt new perspectives and thrive and grow and accomplish so much more than dollars and cents at the end of the day. Not only could we not have gotten where we are without all of you. We are truly a product of all your generosity and love."
But it's not the last chapter for Albano's, which took over the old Olga's Place space in a less visible space off the square in downtown Valpo. It suggested its next culinary adventure might involve its popular grass-fed beef meatballs slow-simmered in tomato sauce.
"Second, we want to happily announce that we will be continuing a very exciting byproduct of this restaurant in a nearby location very very soon," Albano's posted. "All gift cards will be usable and fully valid at our new location with no expiration ever. Peace for now Washington St."