A beloved local eatery, Blackberry Mountain Cafe, will close its doors Feb. 25.

The closure was announced on the cafe’s Facebook page late Wednesday night. By early Thursday afternoon, more than a dozen customers had left comments expressing sadness and sympathy over the news.

The closure was due to the lease not being renewed and the owner selling the building, according to owner/Manager Kathy Allison.

The cafe has around 10 employees. A few have found new positions but will be sticking around until closing day, Allison said. She said she will be alongside her employees in the job hunt.

There are no plans to relocate at the moment. Allison said she searched and looked at many places but didn’t find anything that fit, mainly due to costs.

The hardest part of closing is the customers, Allison said, describing them as family. "It is breaking my heart."

She and her team started Blackberry Mountain Cafe in the fall of 2011.

Most of the customer base is regulars, and many come every day. With several subdivisions near the Haywood Road location, many didn’t have to travel far to grab a bite.

"We love and will miss everybody," Allison said. "We appreciate (the customer) support and their business over the years."

Blackberry Mountain Cafe will be open on a regular schedule until its closing day. The restaurant is closed Monday, and open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cafe is at 1908 Haywood Road in Hendersonville.

Anyone with a gift certificate they still need to use should call 828-692-4100.

Reach Rebecca Walter at rebecca.walter@blueridgenow.com