Dixie Cafe shuts down a day early
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) -- Dixie Café officially shut its doors a day early.
Staff tell Channel 7 the shops ran out of food, ultimately leading to a permanent closure one day sooner than expected.
On Monday the business announced it would be closing all 17 of its shops across Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennesse.
In a statement the CEO says the company has suffered declining sales and has struggled with increasing cost of supplies.
“We come to Dixie Café all the time on Friday, the whole family comes to eat all the time,” said Charlene, a longtime former customer.
Dixie Café was the place to be for many people here in Little Rock, and had been so for more than 35 years.
But all that came to an end Monday when the business announced it would be closing for good.
“It was heartbreaking to a lot of people,” Gino Davis, a cook, said. He first started working at Dixie when he was 17 years old.
“I’ll be honest with you, they were a very good company to work for, they really were,” Davis added, saying he has no hard feelings about the abrupt announcement that he’d be down a job.
“That’s what it is, good southern food. I don’t know where else we’re gonna go to find something like this to eat,” Charlene said.
Channel 7 tried speaking with the company’s corporate office Wednesday but the manager declined to comment.