Ralph of Grand Haven asked, "Where's Rios? Rios Mexican Restaurant at 1106 Robbins Road seems to be closed for good. Doors are locked and all table and chairs are gone from the dining room. No sign on the door. What's up?"
Becky of Grand Haven Township asked, "I wonder if you know what is happening with Kathy's Country Kitchen? I heard they moved because the walls were falling in. Do you know where they are moving?"
Yes, both restaurants abruptly closed with no word about it from the owners. Neither apparently informed Joy Gaasch, president of the local Chamber of Commerce, about their closures.
"They were purchased about a year ago and the new owners had businesses in other communities," she said about Rios, which opened in December 2009.
A manager at Rios Mexican Food in New Buffalo said the first cook at their restaurant, Pedro Rios, opened the Grand Haven franchise on his own, and it had some management issues and business was poor.
Kathy’s Country Kitchen, located near the Grand Haven 9 in Grand Haven Township, was open for less than six months in a spot that was originally a Big Boy's franchise.
"The location has a 'for sale' or lease sign that went up when they closed," Gaasch said. "I can’t confirm or deny the wall issue and have not heard anything about relocation."
Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said he has also heard a rumor about a roof leak leading to mold, but can't confirm that.
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