By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City restaurant open for 85 years is closing due to financial problems, according to its owner.

Jennifer Vollmer, who owns the eatery at 18th and Pierce streets, told the Sioux City Journal ( ) that the Green Gables restaurant has closed for the foreseeable future. A sign on the front door announced the closure Monday, and another sign on the building said, “We have loved being part of your lives.”

Vollmer’s grandfather, Albert Seff, opened the restaurant in 1929. She said closing the restaurant was a family decision.

Over the years, the restaurant’s menu expanded to include breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

This summer the restaurant made a few changes, dropping several dinner items and changing its hours to close at 3 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. Vollmer said the cutback was a result of shrinking dinner crowds and an April fire that damaged her family’s other restaurant, called the Normandy.

Patty Beermann, 60, of Dakota City, Nebraska, said she remembered the eatery for its matzo ball soup and “awesome sundaes.”

She used to work at a Dairy Queen in South Sioux City, Nebraska, and she said, the business’ owner would take his employees to the Green Gables restaurant.

“He used to take us girls there when we got off work to eat the hard ice cream,” she said. “That was a treat.”

Kerry Johnson, a manager of Family Pet Hospital, said she was sad to see the restaurant close.

“I know Green Gables has been a landmark establishment for years and we hate to see them go,” she said. “I was born and raised in this area and they’ve always been here.”


Information from: Sioux City Journal,

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