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Original Honey’s closes Amherst restaurant, its last location

Original Honey’s restaurant has closed its Amherst location at 4300 Maple Road.

A sign posted on the door Saturday thanked staff and patrons and outlined its reason for closing.

“In October 2015, Maryann Pacifico, owner of this establishment, had passed away suddenly. This unfortunate circumstance, in addition to the unjust media coverage due to a New York State sales tax mistake, which attributed to a great deal of negative press, has led to our decision to regrettably close this location to settle Maryann’s estate,” the sign read.

The Maple Road restaurant closed briefly in December after being seized by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for unpaid taxes.

The only other remaining Original Honey’s location, at 6560 Niagara Falls Blvd. near the Fashion Outlets of Niagara in Niagara Falls, closed last month.

A former Honey’s general manager, Candice Creamer, is in the process of opening a new restaurant called Buffalo Wing Joint and Pub in the space.

Larry Pacifico, the third-generation owner of the Niagara Falls restaurant, was general manager at the Maple Road location, which was owned by his mother.

Pacifico confirmed the closure in a text message, but was not immediately available for further comment.

Honey’s restaurant first opened in 1962 and was a mainstay in Niagara Falls’ “Little Italy” neighborhood on Pine Avenue near 27th Street. It was known for the giant, illuminated elephant sign outside the building.