ITHACA, N.Y. – As Madeline’s Restaurant and Bar prepares to shut its doors for good, the well-known establishment on the corner of the Ithaca Commons is preparing for a final dinner service Thursday night.

Most loved for their wide array of mouthwatering handmade desserts and live jazz performances, Madeline’s is also known for their Asian fusion menu, their variety of wine and craft cocktails and cozy, downtown atmosphere.

The restaurant, owned by Scott and Theresa Miller, has been operating for 21 years on the Commons.

“We are proud of our run, it’s been wonderful, it’s been challenging, it’s been exhilarating, it’s been an adventure,” the restaurant posted on their Facebook page. “We love all our loyal customers and hope you can stop in Thursday to say goodbye, and for us to say thank you!”

Pete and Ursula Browning, owners of a neighboring restaurant, Viva Taqueria and Cantina, are rumored to take over the restaurant within the upcoming months, a conversation which Pete Browning said had been manifesting for several months.

While Browning said they still have not closed on a purchase yet, the two will begin to set up shop as soon as the sale is finalized. He said plans for the new establishment will be announced over the summer.

Madeline’s final night will be accompanied by saxophonist Mike Titlebaum and vocalist Catherine Gale, regular performers at the restaurant. Their set is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. for those who want to swing in for an evening of jazz.

The restaurant will be open for their regular hours, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.