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Appleton restaurant closes after 40 years from lack of workers

A popular Restaurant in Appleton announced this week that it will be closing it's doors for good.  Mary's Family Restaurant has two locations, and the S. Oneida St. restaurant will be turning off the grill for the last time on Sunday after being in operation for 40 years.

"It's hard to lose a place that's iconic in the community," said Matt Abler, who stopped by this week.

Mary's is well known for it's great service, broasted chicken, and soup. 

Abler said, "I heard they were closing, and I wanted to pick up some dumpling soup to take home."

The decision shut down wasn't an easy one for owner, Tim Huth.  He said, "A lot of emotions, it's been a rough few months."

Many know of the struggles businesses have been dealing with along Oneida Street as the second year of road construction continues.

More construction means less customers, and less customers means fewer tips for workers who have been finding jobs elsewhere.

"If we had enough help, we'd stay open this summer and wait for the road to get done in fall, but we've been fighting this battle at both locations, for probably a couple years now," said Huth.

"This is a bit of a challenging time in terms of employment," said Jennifer Stephany, Executive Director of Appleton Downtown incorporated.  She says it's more than just restaurants that are craving qualified workers, as all businesses are battling a statewide unemployment rate of only 2.9 percent.

"It's really unfortunate that a restaurant that has this amount of longevity and history in our community is unable to keep going because of this situation," said Stephany.

For Mary's and it's loyal customers, unfortunately all there is left to do is enjoy the last few days of smiles and good food.

"We appreciate all the business through the years, it's been fun," said Huth.

The Oneida Street restaurant is up for sale.  Customers can still enjoy the other Mary's on Richmond Street in Appleton.


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