Main Street Cafe has closed after 31 years on Public Square in Medina. BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE
MEDINA — After 31 years on Public Square, Main Street Café has closed its doors, which also heralds the end to summer concerts in the alley.
Ryan Rose, president of Romeo Pizza in Medina, is taking over operations and renaming the restaurant 17 Public Square, which is the establishment’s address.
A sign on the door of the restaurant reads, “Closed for reinvention.”
According to https://17publicsquare.com, the restaurant is expected to open in the spring.
With the closing of Main Street Café, the popular Rally in the Alley will cease after 17 years.
Founded by Main Street Café owner Gary Quesada, the concert series drew music fans to the alley behind the café.
Last year, there were 17 concerts, mostly on Friday nights, including the big Labor Day weekend event that featured Wish You Were Here, a Pink Floyd tribute band.
“It was something Gary enjoyed doing,” Main Street Medina Executive Director Matt Wiederhold said Wednesday. “If the weather was good, it pulled in a good crowd.”
Wiederhold said Rally in the Alley concerts would draw as many as 1,000 concertgoers.
“It ebbed and flowed (with attendance),” he said.
Wiederhold said it’s conceivable someone could step up and take over operation of the rally, but it’s unlikely.
“It’s probably done at this point,” he said. “It’s a huge undertaking and very expensive (booking the bands).”
The concerts were free, and profits were from the sale of beer and drinks.
Several attempts to reach Quesada were unsuccessful. However, he and partner Susan North thanked patrons on Facebook.
“Thank you for 31 wonderful years!” they wrote. “We have been honored and privileged to be part of the Medina community for the last 31 years. We thank you for your loyal patronage, and for all the good wishes we have received as we begin the next part of our journey. We are excited to see what the new proprietors are going to bring to the Medina community and we wish them continued success.”
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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