After two years, Rongovian Embassy closing its doors

The Rongovian Embassy to the USA reopened its doors in Trumansburg almost exactly two years ago, and we’re sad to report the Rongo is closing again after three more concerts due to “overwhelming financial complications.”

The Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg. Photo provided.

The Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg. Photo provided.

“We’ve tried very hard to keep the Rongo open, healthy, and fun, but we must unfortunately close the doors,” said co-owner Kyle Barnhart on Facebook this afternoon. The current ownership group had tried putting the business up for sale in October.

The latest incarnation was just one of many; “Trumansburg’s living room since 1973” had several owners over those decades.

The kitchen will close after today, and the Rongo will reopen, without a full menu, for the three concerts already scheduled for November 12th and 19th and December 4th.

“Thank you to everyone who made it such a pleasant place to visit! Thank you to the amazing, amazing musicians who graced the Rongo stages during this current iteration. Thank you to the staff that kept the Rongo going every step of the way.”

“We did some things well, we did some things poorly, but we did do the best we could to re-establish the Rongo as a community pillar,” say the Rongo’s current owners. “We have faith that the Rongo will return in some form in the future.”

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