Merlino's Belvedere family restaurant in Cañon City announced on Wednesday that it is closing after 67 years in business.
The restaurant has been owned and operated by the Merlino family since it opened in 1946.
Here is the announcement from owner and manager Michael Merlino:
My lovely wife, Cathie, and I want to thank our family, our friends, our followers and our fans for your continued loyalty.
Some of our customers have been eating at the restaurant longer than I have been alive.
We want to say from the bottom of our hearts how much we appreciate every last one of you. We need to share with you that Merlino's Belvedere Restaurant will be closed permanently by the end of the 2013 calendar year.