(Photo courtesy Caruso's Italian Cafe)

(Photo courtesy Caruso’s Italian Cafe)

Caruso’s Italian Cafe has closed its doors, effective last Saturday.

Jerry and Angie Phipps, owners of the restaurant located at 5745 Inland Shores Way North in Keizer, sent out a statement via e-mail about the closure April 14.

“As of Saturday night April 13th Caruso’s has served its last customers,” the statement read. “It is with heavy hearts that we must say goodbye. The last four-and-a-half years of this struggling economy have finally taken its toll and we are unable to continue.”

The Phipps opened Caruso’s in December 2000. Prior to that, Jerry had been chef at restaurants such as The Prime Rib Riverside in Salem, The Oregon Electric Station in Eugene and Marco’s Cafe and Espresso Bar in Portland.

In late January, the restaurant resumed lunch hours after a two-year break.

“We wish to thank all of the many wonderfully loyal customers we have come to know over the last 12 ½ years,” the Phipps said in their statement. “It has been a pleasure to serve you and to have been a part  of the Salem/Keizer community. We will miss you!”