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Farley’s in Scranton Closes Its Doors

Today is the last day of business for one of Scranton’s oldest establishments.

At the end of the day, Farley’s bar and restaurant will close its doors for good.

Other business owners think it will be a huge loss for the downtown.

You’ll hear it called an institution in downtown Scranton. The green awnings and distinctive light fixtures are a fixture themselves for courthouse square.

Farley’s bar and restaurant has sat on the corner of Adams Avenue and Linden Street in Scranton for almost 30 years. Operated for 25 years by the Young family, who has served food and drink to famous people there. But, mostly just to old friends who often met at Farley’s.

“It’s sad, it’s definitely sad, the guy put his life into it. It’s not just the money, after a while it’s not just the money it becomes like your baby, you know? And all of a sudden it’s gone,” said Jerry Mizrachi of Scranton.

Mizrachi owns another downtown Scranton institution, Abe’s Deli on North Washington Avenue. He says the loss of another city mainstay hurts all the downtown businesses.

“In the past, there were more people downtown and just enough restaurants per person,” Mizrachi added.

The owner of Farley’s didn’t blame the economy, just said it’s time to move on. Farley’s is the second bar and restaurant to close downtown in 12 months. Whistle’s closed last year.

Giovanni Piccolino runs Buona Pizza on Lackawanna Avenue. The place has been around for 40 years.  He’s sorry to see Farley’s close its doors.

“I guess I just took a sigh as a businessman. I just think fewer options in the city, you know, we want options in the city. We want 50 businesses in the city,” Piccolino said.

Farley’s owners didn’t want to share their story with Newswatch 16. But, they did want to say goodbye to their customers. They’ll hold a goodbye party at the restaurant on Friday before closing up for good.


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