A well known cafeteria-style restaurant in the Grand Valley is no longer open for business. The news of the sudden closure of Western Sizzlin' on North Avenue in Grand Junction caught many employees off guard. The closure means dozens of people are without jobs and the Salvation Army will have to find a new location for its annual Thanksgiving dinner, which feeds more than a thousand people in the community.
Only the employees have been notified. The closure was not announced to the public until Monday. If you drive down North Avenue you will see signs up saying the restaurant is closed for remodeling, but in fact the restaurant is closing for good,
due to what the owners of the Western Sizzlin' say are hard times.
This restaurant has been in the news in the past. Every Thanksgiving the owners always open their doors to feed the hungry. Last year, more than 1,100 plates were handed out in Grand Junction and with less than two months till Thanksgiving
the Salvation Army is scrambling to find a new location.
If you have a facility or know of a location please call the Salvation Army at 242–7513.
Around 60 employees were laid off suddenly without notice.
This is not the first buffet style restaurant in the valley to close its doors. In December 2002 Furr's Family Dining also located on North Avenue was forced to close its doors.
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