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The Best Bite leaves its mark

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Best Bite owners Teresa and David Shahbaghlian create two reuben sandwiches in 2011.

CASHMERE — Goodbye Saturn Burger. Farewell Cuban Panini. The Wenatchee Valley’s sandwich world has grown substantially smaller.

The Best Bite, a popular Cashmere restaurant, shut its doors Sunday after more than three years of offering dine-in meals and take-out specialties. Owners David and Teresa Shahbaghlian said that both business and personal reasons figured into the equation to close the corner diner.

Over the years, the couple had tweaked menu and hours to find just the right food-and-service combination. The last big meal was their four-hour Sunday brunch, a lavish spread that included strata, a layered dish of egg custard, croissant dough, Italian sausage, bacon, spinach and mushrooms.

The good news? The Shahbaghlians will continue to make and sell their sauces, salad dressings, crackers and cookies. The products will eventually be offered online, they said in a Facebook posting, but right now curious customers should leave a phone message at the restaurant. Unredeemed gift certificates can also be used to purchase these products.

A glance at online comments showed customers saddened by the closure: “Oh, no!” wrote Annette Pitts on the Wenatchee World Facebook page. “Too, too bad,” wrote Joanne Saliby. “Excellent food there.”

Details: The Best Bite, 201 S. Division St., Cashmere. 782-222. Online at thebestbite.net.

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or . Read his blog Everyday Business. follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.