Closing up the kitchen
After a run of more than a dozen years, the owners of the Glockenspiel Restaurant in Mount Angel closed its doors for good at the beginning of the year.
Opened in 2007 by three couples who were all friends, the restaurant featured a regionally appropriate German cuisine with an additional emphasis on locally grown food.
"We purchase as much as we can from out local farmers and fresh in the season," the eatery's website boasted.
While popular and ideally situated in the heart of Mount Angel – a veritable German heritage backdrop – the owners and operators ultimately aged away from the endeavor.
"Yes, it is true -- we are closed, and the business is for sale," said co-owner Mary Grant. "With our average age at 73 and our various health issues, it is time…We officially closed at the first of the year, which we felt was a good tome to close up the books and end the year."
Grant said the same trio of couples operated the restaurant from inception to termination. She said the most difficult part of the latter is parting with customers, many of whom have been long-standing and loyal.
"You know…we really love our customers," she said. "There were certain people we thought about, (people who) we might see 5 or 6 times a week."
The potential positive side of the coin is that the restaurant's closure could usher in an opportunity for another restauranteur, whether that is someone with similar German and local cuisine interests or sights set on some other manifestation of the premises.
"Absolutely," Grant affirmed. "Ideally, someone who has the passion an the energy would have a wonderful opportunity. We want it to continue to be something special; a corporate chain it will never be."
She added that the location and setting, the big kitchen and all the tools to fire up and get running should add to its appeal.
"What kind of restaurant? That would be anybody's determination," Grant said, listing off all the amenities in place. " Any kind restaurant would do well here; it could make a great pizza parlor."
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