One star to indicate not happy to hear either piece of news.
Sad to read that Sitar closed its doors recently. The night after the freak snowstorm in October, my spouse and I (stupidly) went looking for a hot meal. We heard Springfield had power and ended up at a packed Sitar with other equally crazy/stranded folks. The meal was molasses slow and late but that didn't matter because we were sitting next to a table full of Aussies and Brits who were in town while on tour with the Australian Pink Floyd Tribute Band. Their upcoming gig in Northampton had been cancelled due to the storm so they were trying to relax (all 40 of them). Fun! I appreciated the Sitar staff and management accommodating us under rather trying circumstances and wish them well. Many years ago I worked in downtown Springfield and enjoyed the occasional work lunch there. Not brilliant but consistent and reliable of it type.
Also, Green Street Cafe is having its "Last Supper" on January 21st. After many years of fighting with their landlord, Smith College, the owners are throwing in the chef's towel. Green Street was part of the 90s wave of restaurants featuring local ingredients and eclectic bistro cuisine that helped turn Northampton into a destination restaurant town. When the kitchen was "on," their food was lovely. Because of quality inconsistencies over the years, annoying grad student waitstaff with attitude, and a rise in competition, we didn't dine there often but again, my best wishes to the owners/chef in their retirement or next venture.