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Suzanne's Fine Dining to become Islamic center

Suzanne’s Fine Dining in Wheatfield has closed, ending 20 years of feeding hungry folks in Niagara County.

Owners Suzanne and Kevin Guenther got to do what many restaurant couples dream of: selling on their own terms and retiring.

“We had an offer on the property, and decided to retire,” Suzanne Guenther said. “We’ve been in the restaurant business for 30 years, at this location for 20.”

Saturday was the restaurant’s last day. There are a few more banquets, and then the Guenthers will walk out of the kitchen at 2843 Niagara Falls Blvd. for the last time. “We’re very lucky, and we’ve met a lot of nice people at the restaurant,” she said. They aren’t planning to open another one, at least now.

"I guess it happened at a good time, so we’re going to take advantage of it. Of course, I won’t know what to do with a Saturday off, either, but I’ll figure it out, I guess,” she said with a laugh.

The building is in the process of becoming an Islamic mosque and community center. The Islamic Cultural Center of Niagara Falls has purchased the site, and plans to reopen it as a place of worship and community activities, said Mohammad Salem Agwa. Agwa, the center’s imam, or prayer leader, teaches Arabic at Niagara University.

(Hat tip: Rick Corbi)

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