Amato’s Italian eatery is closing its two stores in Presque Isle and Houlton. Amato’s local franchise owner Micah Desmond says he can’t go into detail as to why the stores are closing shop but does say tight economic times have negatively impacted the business. The closing effects 15 employees. The decision to close was made within the past week. Amato’s appeared to be doing well with the expansion of a new store in Houlton this past May. The Presque Isle store opened its doors for business back in April 2012.