Customers react after Brookville Grille owner announces restaurant’s sale

Restaurant’s last day under current owners will be Thursday, then new owners will reopen following renovations

Customers responded with an outpouring of support after the owners of the Brookville Grille announced on the restaurant's Facebook page Sunday that they have sold the business after more than 12 years because of illness.

The restaurant at 428 N. Wolf Creek St. will close temporarily effective Feb. 1, and will reopen under new ownership after renovations and installation of new kitchen equipment, owners Jeff, Melissa, John and Mikayla Van Brederode wrote.

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“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart, that I announce our family has decided to sell The Brookville Grille. Unfortunately, my affliction with Parkinson’s Disease has made it too difficult to run the restaurant,” Jeff Van Brederode wrote. “It has been our honor and privilege to serve this community for the past twelve-and-a-half years. We have made many friends, and enjoyed the journey. We will greatly miss the daily interaction we have shared with everyone.”

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“Fortunately, I was able to find a local family, Justin and Jamie Izor, who are interested in purchasing the restaurant, to continue some of our traditions, and create some of their own.”

Jeff Van Brederode confirmed the sale and the details of the post to this news outlet Monday morning.

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“My family will continue to operate the restaurant through this coming Thursday, January 31,” Jeff Van Brederode wrote. “After the close of business on Thursday, The Brookville Grille will be closed for a few days, for some redecorating, and the installation of new equipment. ... Please join us in welcoming the new owners when The Brookville Grille reopens. We wish them great success, as they begin their own journey, and a new chapter in their lives.”

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The post drew more than 150 comments within 24 hours. Here’s a sampling:

  • "Thank you for serving us in such an inviting hometown restaurant with a fun atmosphere and fabulous food!"
  • "We have always enjoyed dining there! We wish you the best and we will be happy to support the next owners!"
  • "What a pleasure it has been to know your family! Thanks for all the wonderful memories."
  • "That is sad to hear but certainly understand as the time devoted to a family business requires a lot of dedication and extremely hard work. Thank you so much for what you and your family have provided Brookville and we will continue to support the new owners."

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The Van Brederodes invited customers to share memories or photos that will go into a scrapbook and to come in for a meal prior to 8 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, check the Brookville Grille Facebook page or call the restaurant at (937) 833-1940.

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