Roseburg community heartbroken over Sizzler closure

Known for their massive salad bar selection, the owners said they were making the salads for the customers. However, it wasn’t enough.

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 6:25 PM
Updated: Aug 25, 2020 8:40 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Roseburg Sizzler has closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restaurant has been serving the Roseburg community for more than 40 years at their location on Garden Valley Boulevard. However, staff said they closed Sunday night for an indefinite furlough.

The owners told KEZI 9 News that they had to adjust when Gov. Kate Brown banned self-serve buffet and salad bar restaurants during phase one reopening.

Known for their massive salad bar selection, the owners said they were making the salads for the customers. However, it wasn’t enough.

“It’s not the same experience and I get that,” said Kathy Johnson, a partner with Double S Foods. “Also know that people are scared, they’re concerned to be in public places.”

Double S Foods, a restaurant company based in Springfield, owns eight Sizzler locations in Oregon. Johnson said all eight locations have been furloughed, but the Roseburg location was the last to close because of how well it did in the community.

“I would love to say that we could continue to operate, but the numbers aren’t just penciling out,” said Johnson.

Some community members told KEZI 9 News that they’re heartbroken over the closure.

“You had a decent meal at a decent price in there,” said Warren Doren. “The service was good and you always had options.”

Others said Sizzler was more than a restaurant, it was a home for their small community.

“Being from a Christian home, Sundays after church we’d come here a lot and have the salad bar with all of our church people,” said Amy Lay.

Although nothing is official, Johnson said there is a chance the restaurant could reopen in the future. She said they will be re-evaluating their resources once the pandemic is over to see if it’s possible.

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