Aventine closes, and here’s why
Many people have wondered and asked if Toni and Adolfo Veronese and family are going to reopen Aventine Glen Ellen. They are not, and here is why, more or less in Toni Veronese’s own words.
Bottom line, both Toni and Adolfo have serious health problems; he is being treated during visits to the Mayo Clinic. They both want their friends, family and community to benefit from their story, so here it is. I remember Adolfo’s mother, Angela Alioto, telling me, “We never sell, we never give up.” And they don’t.
“An end to Aventine Glen Ellen: We have never given up... most of our ‘friends and family’ know of Adolfo’s ongoing medical issues. Thank god, not life threatening, but he has been out for surgeries and recoveries for weeks on end.
“Adolfo and I have had an amazing 3.5 years with Aventine. We’ve made so many new friends and love spending special moments with our guests during their special occasions. During the fires we thought Aventine GE was gone... but thank god the whole complex was spared. It took over a month to get it cleaned and ready to get back in action.
“Adolfo went back to the Mayo for a follow up in January and received some not-so-good news... his big surgery from last July hadn’t completely healed and the doctor wanted him to relax and take care of himself for the next three weeks after another follow up surgery which he had after Valentine’s Day.
“Adolfo and I both laughed... but then decided to close Aventine GE after Valentine’s Day so he could heal and then have the floors redone and repaired in the bar and kitchen. It should all work out as planned we both told ourselves.
“Adolfo went in for surgery and the surgery couldn’t be completed. There were complications and his body wasn’t ready for the surgery. We were very disappointed, but agreed to revisit in six months.
“During the floor construction at Aventine I went for a routine OB appointment... this is where everything changes. I’d had a few concerns that my general doctor wanted me to take to my OB. My OB ordered tests and I thought we’d just take care of it. I went through many tests including ultrasounds and blood tests and I’m now with an oncologist. I’ve been through other tests and now have two surgeries scheduled for the next few weeks. We don’t know my outcome until after the surgeries, so I’m sure you can imagine the stress. Adolfo and I made the very difficult decision to not reopen Aventine GE. With his health issues and now mine we have decided to work on our health and take care of our family.
“We thank everyone for their support and look forward to seeing everyone soon!”
Cancer has touched all of us in some way. Bottom line: Get your medical tests done on time and pay attention.
Tell everyone you know.
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