This Saturday is the last day one locally-owned restaurant will offer its steaks and prime ribs to tourists and locals as it is closing after more than 30 years along the Grand Strand.
Cagneys, located at 9911 U.S.17, in the area known as Restaurant Row, is closing Saturday because its lease is coming to an end and negotiating more years is not an option due to the downturn economy, Dino Thompson, one of Cagneys owners, has said.
There is no word on what could replace the restaurant, which opened in May 1976.
Thompson and Dino Drosas, lifelong friends, who own the restaurant, have some time left on their lease, but Thompson said Monday that it would be easier on the staff to close the restaurant now instead of when the lease is up in the spring.
We normally close in December and open back up in February, Thompson said. Therefore, it wouldnt make sense to close the restaurant a couple of months later, he said.
Meanwhile, Thompson said they are trying to find somewhere else for staffers to go. A few of the 30 employees at Cagneys are going to another restaurant that Thompson and Drosas own - Flamingo Grill, located at 71st Ave. N. and Kings Highway. Thompson and Drosas opened the Flamingo Grill in 1986.
Cagneys will be open from 4:15 p.m. to about 10 p.m. until its last day.