WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — After 15 years of business in West Lafayette, Route 66 Diner is set to close. Owners Greg and Carrie Ehresman said the location on Sagamore Parkway and Win Hentschel Boulevard will close Sunday at the end of business hours.
The Ehresmans said the decision is simply due to the end of their lease and a natural stopping point.
"We are growing the root beer brand and flavor," said Carrie Ehresman. "This is a positive next step."
The couple said the family is focusing on their second location, the famous Triple XXX Family Restaurant on Chauncey Hill. The restaurant will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2019, and the couple said to be on the lookout for upcoming events and deals. Employees of Route 66 will still be able to work at Triple XXX, and the couple said everything at the restaurant will stay the same.
"It's bittersweet," said Ehresman. "It's just the end of our lease and allows us to focus on Triple XXX and Triple XXX root beer."
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