After more than 30 years in operation, Long John Silver’s in Modesto has closed its doors.
The casual seafood eatery was located near the Target store at McHenry and Standiford avenues. A couple of people told me that the restaurant had shut its doors; many thanks to my brother, who runs the nearby Community Business College, for stopping by to confirm it.
Corporate staff at Long John Silver’s did not return a call for comment. But former manager Brenda Cook said in an email that she and her staff of 19 found out five days before the closure that the restaurant had opted out of continuing its rental agreement.
“They did not want to pay an increase in the rent,” she said.
The decision came out of the blue, Cook said.
“It was really shocking that they closed us,” she said. “We were the second most profitable store in California.”
Now, the closest Long John Silver’s restaurants are in Stockton and Merced, she said.
Last week, employees were removing equipment from the now-shuttered eatery. A sign posted on the door read: “Thank you for your years of patronage. We are officially closed.”
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT: In brighter restaurant news, work on John Surla’s new restaurant in Hilmar is progressing quickly. In a Facebook post this week, Chef Surla said his new eatery, Lola, is 85 percent complete. He predicts he’ll get the keys in a couple of weeks and open the doors a week after that.
The new restaurant will be similar in some ways to Surla’s in Modesto, but with an express side that includes a coffee bar and items to go.
▪ dd’s Discounts is set to open in Turlock Town Center, a shopping plaza at Geer Road, Golden State Boulevard and Canal Drive.
I asked a spokeswoman for dd’s for more information. She said the company could only confirm that a lease has been signed at that location.
It’s nice to see something going into the shopping center, which has struggled for the past several years since Albertsons grocery store closed, followed by the Anchor Blue clothing retailer. The new dd’s is going into the spot formerly occupied by Goodwill, which moved a few spaces down in the same center.
The chain, associated with Ross stores, specializes in clothing and shoes for men, women and children, as well as household items. It’s been growing at an impressive pace in recent years, and has locations in Modesto and Ceres.
Another discount store, Fallas, recently opened in Modesto. It’s near the Sears Outlet on Prescott Road. My thanks to reader Sandy for the tip. Fallas also sells discounted clothing and home items.
▪ The new owner of Tan Lines wants to invite people to a barbecue Sunday .
Yvonne Brawley took over the tanning studio a couple of months ago. She said she is hosting the barbecue to attract new customers, as well as to bring together her current clients.
“We have a lot of customers here who haven’t met each other,” said Brawley, who suspects the women could be fast friends. She also is looking forward to showing the changes she has made to the business, including new tanning beds.
The free event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tan Lines, 1501 Coffee Road, Suite B, Modesto.
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