BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It looks like some popular local restaurants will soon beserving up their last meals. Swiss Chalet is closing down.
Some say it was a sign the end was near. Swiss Chalet officialsleft that big empty frame after the sign blew down last year. Nowit's official. Workers at the two remaining Swiss Chalets inAmherst and in Lancaster were given the bad news over the weekend.February 28th is their last day.
Buffalo customer Charlene Patton said, "It's not enough moneyhere for people to stay. Restaurants, it's no livelihood to keepthem here. So they're restaurants are hurting, businesses arehurting. I'm hurting!"
Patton took Ollie Edwards to lunch to use a gift certificate shehad bought for her birthday. Good thing. Ollie likes the chicken, apopular favorite, but now she said, "Before they close, I'm goingto get some of their sauce and that's all I can do."
At one time, there were at least four Swiss Chalets in theBuffalo area, part of a North American chain of restaurants ownedby a Canadian firm, the same company that owns Montana's andKelsey's. But workers and customers have heard Cara OperationsLimited has been trying for years to pull the Swiss Chalet out ofthe United States, and in two weeks, that goal will beaccomplished.
"It's a surprise to me. Every time I come I thought it was busy.There's always crowds waiting to get in. So, I don't know whathappened," said Buffalo customer Jennifer Snyder.
We tried to reach Swiss Chalet's owner, Cara Operations, Limitedof Vaughan, Ontario, and their PR firm, without success. Aspokesman for Local 4 told News 4 that 90 union members and tenmanagement staff will lose their jobs when the last two restaurantsclose.
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