Employees losing jobs after company decides to close two Delta Cafe restaurants in Tulsa

Posted at 5:42 PM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 12:12:20-05

TULSA -- People only have one more day left to eat at two Delta Cafes since the company that owns the restaurants are shutting all the locations in three states. 

Dixie Restaurants, Inc. announced this week that it's closing all 17 of its Dixie Cafe and Delta Cafe restaurants by Thursday in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. 

The announcement took employees in Tulsa by surprise. One waitress said she and the other workers came in Monday and learned that day that they'd be without jobs by Thursday. 

CEO Allan Roberts wrote in a statement, "It's a very difficult operating environment for full-service, family-oriented restaurants. We have seen declining sales combined with increasing costs that has made this difficult decision necessary." 

Diners rushed to the two restaurants Tuesday in Tulsa to eat one last meal at the popular lunch spots. 

"We heard yesterday it was closing, and we were really sad," Paige Lovoi said while going inside with two coworkers. "We love Delta Cafe." 

"Maybe someone will come in and put in another restaurant here just as good," Wes Eaton said before he and his wife ate lunch. 

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