WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Around 30 MCL employees will be losing their jobs at the end of the month. After over 50 years of service, the comfort food restaurant will be closing its doors. The restaurant and bakery is a popular meeting place for groups and civic organizations, regulars say West Lafayette is losing a legacy.
"It's just a tradition you know, and for us once a week for 45 years," said Tom Ganz a member of the Noon Optimist Club.
The Noon Optimist Club isn't the only local organization that will be losing its meeting spot at the end of January.
"We are certainly disappointed because we have enjoyed being here and we are going to have look around for a new location pretty quickly," said Lynn Hiser the Treasurer of Lafayette Kiwanis Club
Members of the Kiwanis Club say they have been meeting at MCL since the 90's, but the restaurant has been part of the community for over 50 years.
"There are a lot of regulars here,” said Michael Bucy the President of the Lafayette Noon Optimist Club. “If you come nightly or on a regular basis you will see some of the same people here time after time. So to certain people, this will be a shock."
While this may come as a surprise to people who frequent MCL, city officials say they've known about the plans for a while.
"With commercial corridors like this we have seen a lot of interest and I know that the landlord has been talking to a number of groups since it became clear to him the MCL was not going to be signing a new lease," said Erik Carlson the Development Director for West Lafayette.
While Carlson couldn't give specifics about what restaurant will be taking MCL's place, he did say it's something the community is familiar with.
"It's our understanding that a lease has been in negotiations and should be signed here shortly,” said Carlson. “What I can say is from our understanding it's a restaurant that exists elsewhere in the market that has been very popular and is looking to expand."
MCL's last day of business will be January 19th. Management says they are closing due to do a lack of business. MCL says it is doing its part to help find their employees new jobs. As for the new restaurant that will take MCL's place, the economic development director says, it should be able to announce the new tenants in the coming weeks.
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