BIXBY, Okla. - City leaders call Scott's Burgers the mainstay of downtown Bixby.
For more than a week, the restaurant has been closed in the wake of both owner's deaths.
Glenda, 64, and 69-year-old Kenny Simmons owned Scott's Burgers since the late 1990s.
"Glenda and Kenny, they knew everybody," said Bixby mayor Ray Bowen.
Bowen went to high school with Glenda.
"Everybody in Bixby, when you mention Scott's, think of Kenny and Glenda Simmons," Bowen said. "I just can't say enough about them."
When the couple died unexpectedly, the business closed and their death was felt by an entire community.
"You could walk in the door and mom and any of the employees would call you by name or they would know what you ordered, it just has that feel that you can't get in a lot of places," said Kristie Robinson, the couple's daughter.
Robinson is the middle of three daughters of Glenda and Kenny.
"They passed on the same day, within a few hours of one another," she said. "It is very bittersweet but it's the way it's supposed to be."
Kenny had been battling cancer and Glenda was by his side at the hospital.
She died just four hours before him, of what appeared to be a heart attack.
"It was her hope that the business would remain and it was such a huge part of the community and believed in the small town feel of Bixby," said Robinson.
So, in the time after their death, the family and employees have worked to do just that.
"This was going to be left to the community and as a gift and as a part of who they were and what they accomplished in their life," said Robinson.
Under new management of a longtime employee, the wish of Glenda and Kenny Simmons will be fulfilled.
"Scott's name will remain on the door and, even though it's under new management, it's still here and as a family we are proud of that," said Robinson.
Scott's will be back open for lunch Wednesday.
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