Cleveland staple Sokolowski’s is closed, but could reopen if a buyer isn’t forthcoming, family says

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Sokolowski’s University Inn is closed after 98 years in Cleveland.

The family says the restaurant was unable to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions that followed.

“It is heartbreaking,” Mike Sokolowski told FOX 8 Wednesday.

The Sokolowskis even lived above the restaurant for many years.

Mike told FOX 8 it would have been difficult to operate with the guidelines in place today.

The family had planned to close in the future, but Mike says the pandemic sped up the process.

The property and building are up for sale. However, in a new statement to FOX 8, the family says there is a possibility of reopening if necessary.

“We firmly believe that there is going to be a significant amount of interest in the iconic location,” the family told Fox 8. “However, we are ready to reopen the business if a suitable deal and buyer are not forthcoming. We do feel that the time is right for our family to now enjoy the fruits of our labor. Our hope is that there is a buyer that will be eager to continue to use this landmark property in a form that does justice to its past.”

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