This fall season saw an unusual change at local Jerry’s Restaurant, the well-known establishment cut the dinner shift from their hours of operation.
The restaurant is now open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Cyndi Pack, who owns and manages the business along with her husband Ivan, gave as a reason for the change the fact that they hadn’t seen as many travelers come through to eat during the summer. Usually the couple sees a lot of visitors from out of town during the summer months in addition to their normal local regulars.
Cyndi says they usually bank some of the extra money they make over the summer to help Jerry’s stay open through their slowest months of the year, October through May. The restaurant usually loses money each month through the winter, and this year Cyndi and Ivan don’t have the resources to get through a slow winter with their usual hours.
So, the two decided they would try closing at 2 p.m. to keep the doors of the restaurant open for customers. Cyndi said the business they can garner would dictate whether or not Jerry’s will be open for dinner down the road, and hopes someday to return to normal.
This is the first time the restaurant has cut the dinner shift since opening in 1973. In addition, they were forced to lay off a cook and three waitresses who worked the shift, who Cyndi called very good and loyal employees. Still, she says, most customers are typically seen at breakfast and lunch, and the restaurant has a lot of overhead that the changes help reduce.
Jerry’s is located at 508 N. 2nd St.
For more information, call 541-947-2600.