Super Bowl Sunday at Seasons Eatery & Pub hosted the usual suspects: a couple of raging football fans, busy bartenders and general manager Mike Santoro handing out prizes in the midst of filling orders.
“This is my 20th Super Bowl and I see the same faces from when I first got here,” Mr. Santoro said.
But this Sunday something was different at the Oak Bluffs bar and restaurant, as evidenced by the chalkboard greeting sign: 86 Seasons.
In restaurant talk that means, “We’re out.”
About 150 people, all regulars and year-round folks, filled the restaurant for its last night after 27 years in business.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t know when it will hit me,” Mr. Santoro said.
He described the night as bittersweet, watching fans root, waitresses hustle and beers emptied for the last time.
“I’ve worked in resort areas all my life; people come and go seasonally,” Mr. Santoro said. “I’ve adjusted to it. My philosophy is, I never say goodbye.”
At least one regular hoped someone will take the restaurant’s reins.
“As year-round place, this does a lot for the area,” said Donny Gosselin, a familiar face since the Circuit avenue restaurant first opened. “I just hope somebody else opens up a restaurant,” he said. “We don’t need another T-shirt store or ice cream shop.”