Mission’s Lucky Brewgrille closes after 20 years, owner cites coronavirus economy woes

After being in business for 20 years Lucky Brewgrille closed its doors for good on March 17, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The bar and grill had announced it would be closed while the “community and the world copes with” the coronavirus pandemic. But one week later owner Greg Fuciu announced on Facebook he was retiring from the restaurant business and the restaurant was closed for good.

A letter on Lucky Brewgrille’s front credits Fuciu’s decision to retire on the current economy amid COVID-19.

“I am extremely proud of all that I have accomplished in these glorious years and couldn’t be more thankful to you and those who have believed in me,” Fuciu wrote in the letter. “Unfortunately, due to the current state of our country, running the Lucky Brewgrille has been difficult like the rest of us in the economy. As a regrettable outcome of this, I have decided to retire [from] the restaurant industry and shut down operations.”

Fuciu thanked his customers for allowing him to serve them, and said they are the reason why the restaurant was successful. He spent the better part of his life working in restaurants, and said on Facebook that his grandparents showed him how “hardwork and dedication can get you anywhere.”

“We would like to say thank you to Greg and everyone at Lucky Brewgrille for their years of service to the Mission community,” Mission Mayor Ron Appletoft said. “They have provided a perfect gathering place for the community, and have been generous supporters of the city’s Holiday Adoption program and other efforts. We wish them the best.”

The bar and grill served a variety of options from seafood, pasta, chicken and sandwiches, as well as hosted a full bar and weekend brunch. Additionally, the Lucky Brewgrille’s basement was a party venue.

Fuciu could not be reached for comment for this story.