HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - After 31 years in Huntsville, Clementine's Restaurant and Catering is closing.
Owner Clementine de Roode explains, "about two years ago, I was offered the chance of a lifetime to be the executive chef at the Space and Rocket Center and I fell in love with it."
While she initially kept the business at 600 Oshaughnessy Avenue going, de Roode says it's now time to say goodbye to the customers she loves and focus all her energies on the USSRC.
She admits it will be difficult.
From her days with Bountiful Baskets on Pratt Avenue to the city's first al fresco restaurant on Madison Street, de Roode has many precious memories connected with Clementine's.
Many involve the older Five Points clientele who became like family.
"I had a lot of people who had their last meal here. They would come and tell me, they had gotten chicken salad for their aunt and it was the last thing she ate and that just touched my heart, you know."
As she prepares to close up shop, customers have a chance to take a piece of Clementine's home with them.
On Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, de Roode is holding a public sale.
The commercial kitchen equipment is already gone, but many of the restaurant supplies and decorations - including its hand-painted tables - will be sold.
The sale will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days at the restaurant on Oshaughnessy.