ABILENE – A restaurant well-known to longtime residents of both Saline and Dickinson Counties will soon close its doors permanently.
In a social media post Thursday, the Brookville Hotel announced that they will close nearly 150 years in business. The decision to close was made due to lack of traffic as well as impacts from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Brookville Hotel, now owned by Mark and Connie Martin, originally opened in Brookville in 1870, but moved to 105 E. Lafayette in Abilene in 2000. The restaurant was listed on the National Register of Historic Places until 2013.
The full social media statement is below:
It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce that the Covid, and the lack of traffic has forced us to close.
We hung on as long as we could, but the writing was on the wall.
We would like to thank everyone for your patronage of the Brookville Hotel over the last 125 years that the Martin family has operated it.
Mark is grieving over this decision and the fate of our employees. Please keep him and them in your prayers.
We have been a part of so many family celebrations over the years and we will miss you all.
Thank you for making us part of your families.
Peace and Grace
Mark and Connie