Housatonic mainstay closes its doors after 50 years in business

Risingdale Cafe, a longtime establishment in Housatonic, served its last meals and drinks on Sunday, Dec. 22.
Risingdale Cafe, a longtime establishment in Housatonic, served its last meals and drinks on Sunday, Dec. 22.

HOUSATONIC — After a half-century in business along Route 183 in Housatonic, the Risingdale Cafe is closing its doors.

Longtime customers, friends and family members said their goodbyes to the local bar and eatery during its final day of business, Sunday, Dec. 22. Second-generation owner Gloria Jean “GJ” Hadsell has decided to close up shop due to health reasons.

In addition to its bar, the Housatonic cafe was known for its lunch and dinner specials, including homemade soups and chili.

“Everybody that walked in here was like family,” Hadsell said. “There are so many memories with so many people over the years.”

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