Updated January 19, 2022 at 3:03 PM ET
Fans of Athens Pizza in Brimfield, Mass., learned the restaurant's beloved owner was sick via Facebook.
"The [pizzeria] will be closed for the rest of the week," reads the post from Nov. 30, 2021. "Unfortunately we have been exposed to Covid."
Get-well wishes poured in, but Athens Pizza will not reopen. Tony Tsantinis, 68, died at Harrington Hospital, in nearby Southbridge, on Dec. 10.