December 24, 2013 Updated: December 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm
My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, which opened in August 2011 along the busy North Academy Boulevard retail corridor, closed Sunday.
The restaurant was in a free-standing building at 7605 N. Academy that's part of the Markets at Chapel Hills East shopping center; the building previously housed a Macaroni Grill restaurant.
My Big Fat Greek Restaurant was owned by a pair of Arizona businessmen, at least one of whom operated similarly named restaurants in that state. The restaurants featured Greek food and Greek-style dancing by employees.
It's unknown why the restaurant closed, how many employees were affected or other details of its operation. Contacted Tuesday, Derek De Poy of Tucson, who identified himself as one of the owners, said he couldn't talk because of an illness. Another owner, Ryan Field, also of Tucson, said he couldn't immediately talk because he was in a meeting. He didn't return subsequent phone calls.
A note on the door of the restaurant, signed by Field, said, "we regret to inform you that we are no longer in business as of December 22, 2013. We greatly appreciate your patronage and we enjoyed servicing the community for the last several years."
A story earlier this year in the Arizona Daily Star of Tucson said that Field closed the last My Big Fat Greek Restaurant in southern Arizona in May. The story said Field had operated at least three of the restaurants in Southern Arizona, but didn't explain why they closed.
The closing left some Colorado Springs restaurant vendors wondering what happens next.
Joe Bruno, sales manager for Central Uniform & Linen Supply Co. in Colorado Springs, was parked outside the restaurant Tuesday morning, waiting to meet one of the owners.
Central Uniform & Linen had supplied the restaurant's napkins, tablecloths and other items since it opened. Bruno said he was hoping to recover the products, which he added were valued at a "significant amount of money."
Bruno said he had received a call at 2 p.m. Saturday from one of the owners, saying the restaurant would close the next night.
"It makes you wonder, during this time of the year, what the employees are going through," Bruno said. "It's sad. It really is sad, because he was doing a great business for the longest time."
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