After 28 years in business Lois’ Place is closing its doors and saying goodbye to their long time tradition.
“We made it a habit to come every Veterans and Memorial Day to take our photograph to add to an album,” said customer Cinde Waller.
The restaurant made it a tradition almost two decades ago to honor friends and relatives of veterans by posting photos around the entire place. “These are common ordinary men that responded and answered their call to duty, I get a little emotional about it too,” said the restaurant owner’s husband Robert McGary.
Owner Lois McGary says the decision to close her doors was not easy. “I was really hesitating to close it and walk away, but I feel the Lord stepped in and made it possible” said Lois McGary.
She and her husband are planning to retire. “They’re sorry to see me and Bob go, they don’t want us to go, but the realize it’s probably about time for us to retire,” said Lois McGary.
She is selling the restaurant, which will move to a new location, and passing along her recipes. “They have my recipes, they wont have my name,” said Lois McGary.
Her staff of more than 24 years will be able to keep their positions. “My employees have a job still, and I feel pretty good about that,” she said.
Customers say they’ll miss Lois and the restaurant’s veteran tradition. “It kind of brings us back together and it’s going to be hard,” said Waller.
Lois says the new owners plan to take over immediately after she closes her doors.
The McGarys say they plan to pass along the posters of the veterans to the new owners, and hope that they continue to honor their tradition.