2 more Hall Co. eateries closing

Sliced, a pizza restaurant on Riverside Drive in Gainesville, will close at the end of the year, one of two Hall County eateries that will close over the next few weeks. These closings come on the heels of the closing of O’Charley’s a few weeks ago.

The announcement was made in a Facebook posting. “It is with a heavy heart that we have to make this announcement. Come support the staff you have grown to know and love over the past 5 years. We will miss you.”

The posting goes on to say the final day of operation will be Dec. 29 and that the closing is the “due to our landlord not renewing the terms of our lease…it’s been a great run, and we appreciate all of you so much.”

Also shutting its doors is Diletto Bakery and Cafe in Flowery Branch, which is located inside the Spout Springs Library. (Today) December 8 is its final day of operation. The announcement of its closing was also made in a Facebook posting. This one from the Friends of the Hall County Library. It reads as follows:

“Dear Friends,

Diletto Bakery and Café along with the Friends of the Hall County Library regret to announce the south Hall branch of Diletto, located inside the Spout Springs Library, will be closing as of Friday, December 8.

Café owner James Velez stated, “Diletto Bakery has made the difficult decision of closing our Flowery Branch location located inside the Spout Springs Library; our Gainesville location will remain open to continue serving our customers with our delightful treats. We will like to thank the local community and the Friends of the Hall County Library for the opportunity and the support given during the time we were at this location.”

Ruth Bruner, President of the Friends of the Hall County Library, commented: “The Friends are sorry to see Diletto and the Velez family close the Spout Springs location. They offer a wonderful menu with delicious food, and we were hopeful this would be a long-term partnership. That said, the main objective of our Friends group is to advocate and fundraise for the library. As part of that advocacy, we also work to better our community as a whole. The Friends always want to support the success of a locally owned business. In this case, that means closing the south Diletto location. Unfortunately, there were not enough customers to sustain the business and make it profitable. We are all disappointed and saddened that this didn’t work out.”

The Friends of the Library will be working with library staff and the library board to determine the best use for the space at the Spout Springs Library.”