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Garden Cafe officially closes its doors
The doors of Garden Café officially closed Monday afternoon at 2:00 and customers were running to grab those last pies and meals.
Traffic was definitely consistent from the time of open at 6:00 am until 2:00 pm Monday. If you talk to people in the Midwest or even travelers they'll tell you in small towns there are two things that really make the city special the people in it and the restaurants.
It's a place where families, couples and singles frequent when they don't feel like cooking but still want to feel at home.
"We're all searching for that new spot here in town and it doesnt exist the way that it does here," said general manager Shawn Gibson.
General Manager Shawn Gibson along with his staff say goodbye to Garden Cafe for the final time after twenty years.
Deana Groves worked for the Garden Cafe for thirteen years.
"Usually we're putting things away for the next day the day after the holiday and now it's we don't know what to do with it because it's done," said Groves.
Servers serve their last meal and loyal customers ate their final holiday meal at the Garden Cafe.
"Carrot cake that was my personal favorite and I don't know another one like it and there cinnamon rolls," said Allan Grimmett.
"Just got the bread pudding yesterday for our family Christmas. I don't know where else to go. OK Cafe closed; here's closing now," said Danielle Otero.
"I have been here almost 30 years we've eaten here as family and friends I brought here my daughter had her wedding reception catered by the garden café," Sandi Wilson said.
The café wasn't just a place to eat. Here friendships were built and bonds were made.
"It's just like a funeral today; we're really going to miss it."
As the afternoon strikes Garden Café hears its last call for service.
Some people are wondering if there will be a new location for the Garden Café. Well, Shawn Gibson tells News 5 he needs a little break, time to think and if he has the same desire he did for twenty years, Hastings will see him again operating another restaurant.
A new restaurant at that location is expected to open February of 2013.
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