The Kamloops Swiss Chalet restaurant will close this week, the latest in a series of Recipe Unlimited-connected eateries to shut their doors in the city.
Darcie Smith, manager of Swiss Chalet in the Aberdeen Village shopping centre, at 1395 Hillside Dr., said the restaurant is independently owned by a Kelowna resident who cited commuting time and financial issues as the reason for the closure.
The eatery will close this Friday at 8 p.m. and will be open from noon to 8 p.m. this week.
“It was quite a surprise, the news that came in,” Smith told KTW, noting there was no indication the decision was coming.
“It was, literally, a phone call.”
Smith, who has been manager of Swiss Chalet for more than five years and an employee of the restaurant since it opened in 2012, said 27 employees will be affected.
Also closing will be the Harvey’s hamburger takeout outlet in the restaurant.
As part of the closure, Swiss Chalet is offering a deal for customers — one free appetizer or one free dessert for every table of two people (up to eight people at the table) while quantities last.
“Our staff and managers would like to give a great big thank you to our regular guests and school PACs for their support over the years,” restaurant management said in a statement announcing the closure.
“We very much appreciate their patronage.”
Swiss Chalet opened in the Aberdeen Village location in November 2012, succeeding Tony Roma’s, which previously operated in the space.
Swiss Chalet, while individually owned, is a brand that is part of the Recipe Unlimited chain of restaurants.
In May of last year, Recipe Unlimited’s Montana’s and Milestones locations in Kamloops closed, joining The Keg (August 2016) and Eastside Mario’s (February 2013) as Recipe Unlimited-affiliated eateries to leave town.
Last May, as word of the closure of Montana’s and Milestones was made public, KTW spoke with a manager at Swiss Chalet about that restaurant’s future.
The manager at that time, Lindsay Mervyn, said she was optimistic about the future of Swiss Chalet in Kamloops.
“We are totally fine,” Mervyn told KTW. “We have no issues whatsoever. We are not closing any time soon.”
The last remaining Recipe Unlimited-affiliated restaurants in Kamloops are Original Joe’s, an independently owned business that opened in the Cityview Shopping Centre in Aberdeen in 2012, and the New York Fries outlet in Aberdeen Mall.