Saturday marked the last day in business for Stonyfield Cafe in Falmouth, a natural-foods cafe located in a plaza along Route 1. “It is with extraordinary sadness that we announce that we have closed the cafe permanently,” owners and staff reported at the restaurant’s website (www.stonyfieldcafe.com). Mac McCabe, who partnered with Stonyfield company co-founder Gary Hirshberg to launch the healthy-menu cafeteria-style restaurant more than a decade ago, said the economic recession was the main reason for the closure. “We kept on being optimistic,” he said in an interview Monday, but business began to falter in 2008, particularly with the dinner crowd. “Volumes just went down for everybody, and they did for us, too,” he said. Lunch business rebounded, but dinner service steadily slipped, he said. “The sad part is the employees,” McCabe said, noting that the average tenure was six and a half years, creating a family feel. (read more at Portland Daily Sun)
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