Clementine, a popular Hamilton restaurant known for its rib-sticking brunches, pioneering charcuterie program and family-friendly atmosphere is closing Aug. 9, after seven years.
Cristin Dadant, who co-owns the Harford Road restaurant with her husband, Winston Blick, said that Clementine will now be a full-time catering company.
"Seven years is a pretty good run," Dadant said. "[The restaurant business] is the toughest business ever. It's really, really, really hard. There are just so many moving parts, and we're working so many hours. And our events schedule has really been picking up. You start to ask yourselves, 'What's going to give?" And then, you think, 'What about the restaurant?'"
Deciding to close Clementine was a difficult decision, Dadant said, but once made, a relief.
"I wake up a lot happier than I have for a few years now," she said.
Dadant said that in addition to weddings and business parties, Clementine's catering business includes special events at Boordy Vineyards and Artscape, for which her staff was preparing on Friday morning.
The couple's retail store, Green Onion Market, will continue to operate, Dadant said.