Samira serves final customers Oct. 20

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by Ellin Walsh | Reporter Cuyahoga Falls -- Saying its riverside setting was not enough of a catalyst for customers, the owners of Samira Restaurant closed the establishment Oct. 20. "It has not been the financial bottomline that we anticipated, given the length of time that we allowed ourselves to turn a profit," owner Nick Dadich of Tallmadge told the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press in a telephone conversation Oct. 23. "And we did not foresee anything turning around rapidly in the near future." The restaurant at 2291 Riverfront Parkway was shuttered after serving Sweetest Day customers. It opened in mid-December 2010, replacing The River Brasserie. Dadich said he and his partner in the business made the call to close. "It was a very sudden decision," Dadich said. "We decided to cut our losses." "Even though the greatest asset of Samira is its location on the water," Dadich said, "It's also its biggest nemesis because it's hard for people to find it back here." A handwritten sign posted on the front door Oct. 25 stated: "Samira is permanently closed. Thank you to all who came through these doors. If you would like holiday party reservations, feel free to call Delanie's Grill, Tallmadge, [at] 330-630-2888." Dadich also owns Delanie's Neighborhood Grille, 67 West Ave. in Tallmadge. It has been run on a day-to-day basis by his wife, Rana, while Dadich has focused his energy on Samira. Delanie's business has grown 5 percent to 12 percent per year since its opening in 2002, according to Dadich. "And probably the reason is I'm from Tallmadge ... My wife and I graduated together and we're more entrenched in that community," Dadich said, adding, "Two years isn't quite long enough to get entrenched in an unfamiliar community." A posting on the restaurant's Facebook page states, "We want to thank our Facebook fans and every customer we've had the pleasure to serve, as well as the great bands we've hosted here. We appreciate your support, and we'll miss you all. Thanks for the great memories!" "We were indeed sad to learn that Samiras is closed for business," Susan L. Truby, the city's director of development, said Oct. 23. "They continued a reputation for fine food and great atmosphere." Truby added she is optimistic "another fine establishment" will choose to locate there. Email: ewalsh@recordpub.com Phone: 330-541-9419

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