Employees say they will miss the memories they have shared with the customers and says the final day of serving food will be emotional. Owner Pat Hensen announced her retirement earlier this year as well as her decision to close her beloved store and cafe. Penfield’s daughter, Heather Macneill, reminisced on the Christmas childhood memories she had at the eatery. “We’d like dress up in matching Christmas coats and come here and we always ate at the cafe and we always got the same sandwich and so like we have so many memories of year after year coming here,” said Macneill. “It’s very sad really because it brings warmth to the store and it makes people feel cozy so when you don’t have the cafe you’re missing all those wonderful aromas and friendly feelings,” said Hensen. “For so many years me and my two daughters and friends have come here and this has always been our number one go-to place. When we say ‘where do we want to go for Christmas?’, it’s always this cafe and this store and the owner is such an amazing woman that we were just crushed when we heard it was closing,” said Dr. Lorrie Penfield from Elmira. The Hand of Man store, however, will remain open until April. The River Rose Cafe, located inside the Hand of Man store in Owego, will be making its final food orders on Saturday, December 28. Hensen says Upstate Shredding CEO Adam Weitsman will be purchasing the property to turn it into a new restaurant. The River Rose Cafe will serve food for the final time Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. “Everyday for the past two months. Three months. There’s not a day that goes by where people don’t tell us how sad they are and how much they loved coming here,” said Blair. OWEGO (WBNG) – Longtime customers are saying goodbye to a local cafe after 20 years of business. Head chef Becky Blair says it will be a bittersweet day for her and the community. Longtime customers say they were devastated to hear the news of their favorite cafe closing. “There’s going to be some tears and probably some regulars that we probably won’t ever see again,” said Blair.