Longtime restaurant closing its doors

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- A longtime Bryan-College Station eatery has decided to close its doors for good this weekend.

Cenare Italian Restaurant has been at its University Drive location for nearly 40 years, but skyrocketing rent costs and increasingly tough competition in the area have forced the owners to make the difficult decision to shut down.

"This was a very emotional decision for everyone involved," said co-owner Julie White. "We're so thankful and so grateful for everyone who supported us through so many years and shared so many good memories with us. The stories and memories we have are incredible and we're so thankful for them all."

White echoes what other restaurant owners have said about the Bryan-College Station market.

"There's a lot of new restaurants and a lot of new hot spots, and it's just very hard to compete with it all. We also take a big hit in the summer," she said.

There's been a wave of local restaurants closing as new competition arrives in the area.

Cenare Italian Restaurant's final day will be Saturday, March 30.