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RICHMOND, Va. — A restaurant in Richmond’s Carver neighborhood announced Sunday it was closing immediately.

The Magpie, located in the 1300 block of West Leigh Street, posted Sunday on Facebook, “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we say good bye to The Magpie today.”

The Facebook post went on to say the owners could no longer afford to keep the restaurant open.

“This may come as a shock to some of you and to tell you the truth it’s still a little shocking to us as well. There are many factors that have led us to this decision and we feel it is the only way to move forward toward a brighter new chapter in our lives.”

The post thanked the restaurant’s customers and supporters for their patronage over the years.

“We put our heart and soul into it and we hope it showed. Thank you Richmond and good night…,” the Facebook post read.

WTVR profiled the restaurant in November of 2014 when a family heirloom was pilfered. It happened when someone walked into the bathroom and took a photo of Tiffany Palma-Gellner Lane’s great-great grandmother. The person who took the photo, left the frame behind.

“The reason it is inside my establishment is because my husband and I have taken so much time and energy to make this an important place for us,” she said. “We live here. We are here hours and hours a day. It’s not just a restaurant, it’s a home.”

Less than a week after it went missing, the photo was returned via the mail.