Matt's Blackboard in Rochester plans to close at the end of February 2024 after many years as a SouthCoast staple.

Matt's, a cozy spot on Rounseville Road, announced on Facebook its plans to wrap up a 15-year run.

As mentioned in the post, the space is getting new owners so it's not the end of dining.

In its closing message, the restaurant said:

Matt’s has been an integral part of Rochester and the tri-town area, serving families both near and far. You, our customers, have been so faithful and the reason for our success. Thank you for entrusting us to serve you homemade delicacies in all seasons of life; it has been a true joy walking alongside, serving, and collecting memories with you to last a lifetime!

The burning question: Why does owner Matt Gurney think it's time to shut down?

"Matt has decided to pass on the baton and move on to a new venture of enjoying life," Courtney Amaral and Jessica Mattos said in a statement, referring to themselves as members of the Blackboard crew, which consists of about a dozen local ladies.

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Speaking of crew, both Courtney and Jessica have confirmed that the staff will remain in place for the new business, which is slated to open in mid March.

Many people loved Matt's for its homemade desserts and dressings, along with amazing daily specials.

Gurney is also the owner of 143 Market just down the road in Mattapoisett

The new spot will be called Costa's Kitchen. If you had a gift certificate to Matt's, we're told those will be honored for one year, through March 1, 2025.

Stay tuned for more information about what Costa's will offer.

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