Country Kitchen abruptly closes Hesperia restaurant
Dozens of hungry customers arrived at the Country Kitchen restaurant in Hesperia to find that the popular eatery was permanently closed.
A sign posted on the restaurant’s front door at the corner of Main Street and I Avenue read, “Thank you for all of your support over the past few years, we appreciate you all!”
An elderly couple, who identified themselves as “Chris and Georgia”, said they were disappointed after traveling from Victorville to the restaurant for lunch.
“There are plenty of places to eat between here and back home, but we enjoy country cooking because of their food, specials, and senior discounts,” Chris.63 said. “We’ve been loyal customers for years and now they’re closed without notice.”
Several residents said the restaurant closed abruptly after April 1 while others said Monday was the store’s last day.
Several messages with the Madison, Wis.-based company were not returned on Friday.
The full-service restaurant served comfort food, a wide range of desserts, and beverages from an extensive Cafe CK menu, stocked with iced coffees, lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, and signature beverages.
Several customers said they enjoyed the restaurant’s pancakes, omelettes, breakfast pans, burgers and pies.
A banner outside the building on Thursday flapped in the wind as it advertised breakfast, lunch and dinner served all day at the restaurant which billed itself as ‘A place to call home for over 80 years old”.
James and Gladys McKinney, both over 70, said they traveled from Apple Valley to dine at the restaurant.
“We either order the turkey, chicken, or meatloaf for lunch or dinner,” Gladys McKinney said. “Sometimes we order the apple crisp or share a strawberry sundae.”
The company’s website on Thursday listed 18 country kitchens across the United States and mostly in the upper Midwest. Also, California stores in Big Bear and Moreno Valley.
On the same day, on the company’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, they posted a photo of the Hesperia store with the caption, “It’s so fun to see how different our stores are. From CKs of the past to those of the present – it’s still a place like home!”
The store’s former co-owner Maha Ismail told The Daily Press on Thursday that his team sold the business about two years after it first opened in 2016.
Meanwhile, Ismail and his team have extensively remodeled the building, the former home of Carrows restaurant which had closed around a year earlier.
The building was built in 1984 for Coco’s Bakery restaurant.
Ismail said his sister and brother-in-law approached the company with the idea of occupying the building.
Meanwhile, Carrows in Hesperia, as well as Coco’s in Victorville and Barstow, all closed unexpectedly in 2015 after Food Management Partners acquired the businesses of Carlsbad-based Catalina Restaurant Group, according to a previous Daily report. Press.
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