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Aro Bar de Tapas in Amherst has closed

Upscale Spanish restaurant Aro Bar de Tapas served its last meal on Sept. 16, owners Jeremy and Christina Horwitz announced on the restaurant's Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

"Unfortunately, a combination of serious medical issues and other factors have made it impossible for Aro to remain open," co-wrote the ownership duo.

"Over the past 2 years, both of our owners developed separate but life-threatening heart conditions (remember our Brugada cocktail), and despite our best efforts, cannot persist in operating the restaurant. We have donated the remainder of our perishables to a local food pantry to help those in need."

You can read the full announcement here.

Aro opened in February 2016 at 5415 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, specializing in the carefully crafted, small-plate cuisine inherent to northern Spain, as well as gin-focused cocktails.

The tapas restaurant earned an impressive eight plates (out of 10) in The News food editor Andrew Galarneau's dining review, written that July.

Aro brings Spanish pleasures to Amherst


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