Further to an original story published by SaultOnline.com on August 5th an attempt to discredit the story by another media site the next day, SaultOnline.com has learned that Muio’s Restaurant is now permanently closed and up for sale.
SaultOnline.com broke the story that the long running and popular downtown restaurant had closed its doors, albeit, temporarily. At the time SaultOnline.com had learned from various sources close to the situation, that the closure was believed to be permanent.
Owner, Rob DiRenzo did not return our calls however another media outlet reported that the SaultOnline.com story was “FALSE” In that story, DiRenzo did not deny or say if the restaurant was actually closed or not.
Today, SaultOnline.com has learned the building has been put up for sale.
The restaurant remains closed and has been shut down since mid-July of this year.
Staff that have worked at Muio’s have been offered positions at another local restaurant. The phone number for Muio’s has been disconnected.
On July 22, DiRenzo posted this message on the restaurant’s facebook page.
“Thank you everyone for your concern and kind words. We are temporarily closed, but will be re opening soon.. My staff has been absolutely amazing and they are ready to get back at it..and knowing them it will be sooner than later.”
The site has not been updated since.
The restaurant was started by brothers, Pat and Carmen Muio. After a few years, some partners were added to the mix, one being Rocco DiRenzo.
Rocco DiRenzo took over the business in the 1980’s with his wife Linda. Youngest son, Robert took over the business in 1997.
At the moment there’s only speculation of what will become of the landmark location. Muio’s was an anchor to the downtown area since opening.
The business and restaurant could re-open under new ownership. The building could become home to a new business venture or a new restaurant with a new name or perhaps the same name.
At the time of publication, the price tag of the building is not known.