Waterloo restaurant closing after 86 years
Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016 3:10PM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:38PM EDT
Harmony Lunch has been serving up meals for 86 years.
But soon the Waterloo restaurant will close its doors for good.
Owner Bruce Marks says he’s selling the King Street business for personal and family reasons.
His father, Harry Marks, purchased the property in 1930. At that time it was a dance club called Harmony Hall. Harry Marks turned it into a pork slider shop and re-named it Harmony Lunch.
A fire destroyed the upper floors of the building in 1932. But many of the building’s features and equipment date back to its early years.
Four generations of the Marks family have worked at Harmony Lunch over the last eight decades.
Staff members say the decision to close has been difficult for the family.
“It took them awhile to make the decision,” says assistant manager Sandra Wilson. “All good things end at some point and there was never really a good time.”
Customers say they’re sorry to see the restaurant close.
“There aren’t a lot of places like this left,” says Mary-Anne Hummel. “Places come and go. There aren’t that many business that transcend from one generation to the next. But change is inevitable I guess.”
The closing date has not yet been set.
The family is asking for $1.4 million for the property.
Offers will be considered after September 6th.
With reporting from Alexandra Pinto