Calling it "an extremely difficult decision," Tom Albanese and his management team expressed gratitude for years of support from local staff, Tri-Valley residents and the bocce community but said enduring inconsistent operations amid the pandemic and stay-at-home orders over the past 10 months proved too detrimental to overcome.
"The continual shut downs, lock downs, changing of the rules, take-out food only, outdoor dining only, minimal indoor dining, then once again take-out only, finally took its toll, and the grips of the Covid-19 pandemic finally took hold and have forced us into this dire situation," they said in a statement on the Campo di Bocce website.
"Without the community support and love, Campo di Bocce of Livermore would never have been able to turn into what it actually became," they added.
The Campo di Bocce located in Los Gatos remains open, but the sister facility in Fremont closed permanently earlier in the pandemic, according to the company website.
Located prominently at the intersection of Highway 84 and Vineyard Avenue near the border of Livermore and Pleasanton, Campo di Bocce offered Italian-style food, expansive bar menu, event spaces, and bocce courts indoors and outdoors. In addition to recreational play, local leagues and regional tournaments, the facility hosted four National Bocce Championships and international competitions over the years.
"From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank everyone that helped contribute to the growth and success Campo di Bocce of Livermore was able to accomplish. None of that would have been possible without our loving staff, loyal customers and our dedicated Bocce players from near and far," the management team said.
"Livermore will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you again for all of the fun years. Stay healthy, and God Bless," they added.