'It broke our hearts' customers upset that O'Charley's closed in Brentwood

Posted at 5:28 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 20:51:17-05

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WTVF) — Loyal O'Charley's Restaurant & Bar customers were shocked and upset to hear that the restaurant in Brentwood has closed its doors for good.

Jesilee Northington thought it would be the perfect lunch spot on Thursday.

"I was in the area, had a coupon, and they're closed," she said.

Ron Dix said he was devastated over the closure. He's been going to the restaurant for happy hour for decades.

"It broke our hearts," said Dix. "A group of us guys and girls came here and over the years we called ourselves the 'dog asses' haha.”

He said their 'club' hasn't found a new meeting spot.

Dix said, "They can pop in, pop out, and I would come here around 5:30p.m. have a couple adult beverages, and then go home, and my wife always knew where I was... staying out of trouble, being a good boy."

According to the company's CEO, they decided to not renew the lease. They issued a statement, it said in part:

"The lease terms for our Brentwood and Spring Hill locations expired in November. As with any closings, we appreciate our guests and the many friends we made over the years. We are also grateful to our team members who so capably served our guests. We have assisted our team members in transition to other area stores or new employment. Going forward, we extend a warm welcome for our guests to join us at our neighboring O’Charley's restaurants in Franklin and on White Bridge Road in Nashville. As part of an ongoing commitment to the nation’s active and veteran military service members, we donated a portion of sales from the Brentwood location’s final days of operation (November 11-14) to the Folded Flag Foundation. O’Charley’s offers a 10% discount to members of the military all year long, a free meal on Veteran’s Day, and we raised more than $170,000 in 2018 for an aggregate amount raised in the last three years of more than $390,000 for Folded Flag Foundation. Folded Flag is a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships and support grants to families of our nation’s fallen service members."

Now, the fate of the former O'Charley's property remains unknown.

Dix said, "I understand they're going to build office complexes here in this location."

Dix would prefer it be an O'Charley's restaurant or at least another restaurant.

Dix said, "This is a stomping ground, I mean the place we love so dear."