Saturday afternoon March 23, another storefront on Broadway went dark — closed, locked up for the last time. The girls who had worked the counter and bantered with their customers daily, stared at each other in disbelief as the realization that there would be no work tomorrow set in. They turned to gather up their belongings and reassure each other, and tried not to cry.
Chuck’s Restaurant would be no longer. After 50 years, another icon would succumb to the increasing costs and demands put on small businesses, while the dollars in the pockets of their aging middle class customers decreased.
They had no idea today would be their last until an hour before the lights went out — had they known, they would have prepared their customers. They would have broken it gently, they would have apologized and given hugs. They didn’t know. At the very least, they would have taken the opportunity to tell the few that were difficult, “well, never mind.” What they would tell them was that all these people were — are — family.
You don’t get to choose them, you just get to have them in your life.
To our loyal and wonderful customers, we want to say thank you for being there for us; thank you for paying our bills and most of all, thank you for the memories — they are priceless. Keep us in your prayers as we will you.
LAURIE, GWEN AND SHANNON
Former employees of Chuck’s, Placerville