Kay Capuano, co-owner of Pataskala's Olde Summit Towne restaurant, admits she is a little scared about what Sunday, Aug. 26, will be like.

Kay Capuano, co-owner of Pataskala's Olde Summit Towne restaurant, admits she is a little scared about what Sunday, Aug. 26, will be like.

It is the final day of operation for the landmark Pataskala eatery, which opened in 1973.

Capuano said the restaurant will occupy the building until Friday, Aug. 31, but Sunday is the last day it will serve food.

"We've been packed all week," said Capuano, as word spread of the restaurant's closure and many people wanted one more chance to enjoy the atmosphere.

As a thank you to all the people who made the restaurant successful, Capuano said, Olde Summit will offer a buffet Sunday in which a customer can get a half-price order after purchasing a full-price order.

Unlike many other restaurants and businesses, Capuano said, Olde Summit Towne is not a victim of the economy.

"My husband (co-owner Saverio "Buddy" Capuano) and I are both 72 years old," she said. "We want to relax a bit with the time we have left."

Capuano said her children live out of town and she wants to spend more time with them and her grandchildren.

"We're going to miss the people. We've made so many good friends," she said.

Capuano said the restaurant had wonderful employees, some remaining with the restaurant for more than 30 years. She said she, her husband and likely some of the current employees will stay busy doing some catering for private events, at least through the rest of the year.

Capuano doubts the building will remain empty and boarded. She said it was sold, along with the equipment. She said it could become another restaurant, although she was not sure.

"There's a chance it could be," she said, "but probably a different style."

"We're hearing a lot of promising things about what's going to happen," said Mayor Steve Butcher, who owns the Nutcracker Family Restaurant in Pataskala. "Buddy and Kay are almost an institution here, they really will be missed."

Butcher said he's happy to hear, however, that they are retiring and weren't forced to close.

"This business can be brutal," he said.