The building that had been home to an iconic Binghamton spiedie restaurant has new owners.

Lupo's S&S Char Pit suddenly closed its doors last January after operating at the location for 45 years.

Inside the closed Lupo's S&S Char Pit on January 16, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Inside the closed Lupo's S&S Char Pit on January 16, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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After the restaurant ended operations, Steve Lupo said a business decision was made to concentrate on the company's wholesale operations.

The Char Pit on West State Street opened in 1978. It had become a go-to spot for pork, chicken and lamb spiedies, along with an array of other grilled items.

A glimpse inside the former Lupos Char Pit on November 6, 2023. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A glimpse inside the former Lupo's S&S Char Pit on November 6, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Before the Lupo's operation opened, the building had been home to a Dairy Queen restaurant.

The property now has been sold to a group that includes David Cantrowitz and Elsayed Mohammed. Broome County records show the site was purchased for $200,000.

A West State Street building that once housed a Dairy Queen and Lupos Char Pit. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A West State Street building that once housed a Dairy Queen and Lupo's S&S Char Pit. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The new owners have posted signs in the building seeking someone to lease or buy the place.

Cantrowitz told WNBF News on Monday there currently are no plans for the site.

Some Binghamton area residents who recall patronizing the Dairy Queen when it was located on West State Street have said they'd like to see that chain return to the building.

There have been no Dairy Queen units in Broome County for decades. The company's website indicates it has 41 restaurants in New York state, including locations in Oneonta and Big Flats.

The company did not respond to an inquiry about potential future units in the Binghamton area.

VIDEO: WNBF News stopped by the Lupo's S&S Char Pit on West State Street after the restaurant closed its doors.

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