The owner, Dan Ledley, announced the news in a note taped to the door at the Route 22 restaurant. It was dated Dec. 29, 2013. Here's what it said:
To all my customers:
After 27+ years at Norm's and almost 56 years of work I have decided it is time to say goodbye and close. I appreciate each and every one of you and thank you for your dedication and loyalty.
If you have any outstanding gift certificates or if you are an owner of a Super Bowl box I will happily refund your money. Please leave your name and contact information at 845-279-9595.
With best regards,
Patch was unable to reach Ledley Monday and Tuesday.
Village of Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig has been frequenting the restaurant for about 15 years, often times with family and friends. He said the news came out of nowhere, and he heard about it when one of the bartenders called.
"He knows I usually come down for the game, he said 'Don’t come down because the bar’s closed,'" Schoenig told Patch. "I thought he was joking at first."
Like many people around Brewster and Southeast, Schoenig will miss the burgers and wings Norm's served for so many years. He will also miss "that charm to it where everybody somehow knew someone in there." He said it reminded him and his wife of the atmosphere on the television show Cheers.
"You used to go in there and you’d get a history on Brewster because his family is from Brewster," Schoenig said of Ledley.
Schoenig said he received several phone calls from local folks wondering what happened to the restaurant.
Norm Donnelly was the original owner. The restaurant was destroyed during a blaze in 1982, according to this issue of the Brewster Standard. More than 100 firefighters battled the flames.
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