GLENS FALLS — The Rock Hill Bakehouse Café in Glens Falls will be closing at the end of January because of rising costs, owner Matt Funiciello announced on Friday.
The South Glens Falls bakery will remain open. Funiciello said he was forced to make the decision to close the Exchange Street location on Jan. 31 because of rising food and payroll expenses.
“It has simply become unsustainable for us to run a restaurant without pricing ourselves out of the market,” he said in a post on Facebook.
He said he and his staff are on the same page about the decision, but are sad.
“The idea of closing the cafe leaves us all with a hollow feeling and concerns about what the future may hold,” he said. “We are all emotional about this turn of events. This is a great restaurant, but it is also our second home and we truly love it and we love you far beyond our mission of serving great food.”
Funiciello said he is grateful for the support of the community and encouraged patrons to come out during the last month and a half for breakfast, lunch, coffee or open mic events to celebrate the 15-year run in Glens Falls.
Funiciello said the Rock Hill Bakehouse in South Glens is on stable footing and will continue provide scratch-made breads and pastries.
Funiciello did not return a message seeking comment on Saturday. Customers at the Glens Falls café on Saturday expressed sadness about the pending closing.
“We found out last night, so we had to pay our dues,” said Alyssa Shiel of Queensbury.
“We come here regularly. I like the vegan options, vegetarian options. Things are really fresh, delicious,” she said.
“It’s a bummer,” added her boyfriend, Sean O’Neill. Katelyn Madison of Queensbury had been coming for about three months after moving from Rotterdam. She also liked the vegan options.
“We love the bread,” she added.
The café opened on Oct. 1, 2003. Funiciello became known for his fresh bread and pastries, with a dose of politics. He is passionate about speaking out about corporate greed.
The café’s profile was raised in recent years as Funiciello became active in politics. Funiciello was the Green Party nominee for Congress in NY-21 in 2014 and 2016. He captured 11 percent of the vote in 2014 and 4.4 percent in 2016 to place third in those races, which were won by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Saratoga.