Restaurant chain pulls out of Hampton Roads

Posted at 8:33 AM, Jan 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-01-05 11:58:11-05

A restaurant chain suddenly pulled out of Hampton Roads last night, leaving dozens of workers unemployed in the new year.

The Silver Diner on Virginia Beach Boulevard in the Thalia Village section of the city, served its last customer Sunday night.

The same thing happened at the Newport News location.

Now, workers who have known each other for years are going their separate ways.

Silver Diner sent this statement to NewsChannel 3:

“Unfortunately, sales never reached sufficient levels to make our stores in Southeastern Virginia profitable. Facing higher costs, coupled with the monthly losses we were sustaining, we could no longer continue to operate these locations”.

The company says it offered all of its employees severance packages, or chances to work at other Silver Diners in the Richmond and D.C. areas.