Chez Albert is 4th Amherst restaurant to close in recent months

Hampshire County

A French restaurant is closing its doors in Amherst. 

After 13 years, Chez Albert on North Pleasant Street in Amherst is closing its kitchen.

The French-style restaurant has announced it will close next month, after seeing a decline in business. 

Chez Albert is the fourth Amherst restaurant to shut down in recent months.

President of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce said UMASS Amherst is taking away a lot of business. He said students are more likely to buy meals from the college because its a cheaper and quicker way to get food. 

“On campus, there is the really good draw of dining services, award-winning dining services,” President of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Peter Vickery said. “You got the commons and get great food there so there is some competition and we have to do a better job I think in downtown Amherst.”

Although Vickery said there are still many thriving restaurants in downtown Amherst, one Amherst resident, who frequently visits the bistro, said he’ll miss the unique style. 

“It’s kind of a big deal because they are losing another restaurant that caters to a different category of others restaurants that are downtown,” Larry Briggs said.

Another issue that Vickery mentioned was the limited parking in downtown Amherst, which played a role in the decision for some restaurants to close. 

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