BERRY HILL, Tenn. - Long-time Berry Hill eatery Sylvan Park Restaurant will close its doors at the end of September. The location will close on September 30 after 13 years in the area.
The location on Franklin Pike has been a restaurant for nearly three decades.
"It was a car wash, then it was turned into Dennison's Restaurant," said Lisa Greer, Sylvan Park's owner.
Greer, and her mother, opened their second Sylvan Park location in Berry Hill in 2002. Since then they have gathered a loyal base of customers.
"They come in here three, and four, five times a week. Some of them eat here breakfast and lunch," Greer explained.
Samantha Roberts has been a server at Franklin Pike since it opened.
"I've been at this location 13 year, I've been with Sylvan Park 19. Only job I've ever had," Roberts explained.
She knew many of her customers very well. In fact, she often knew what they will eat before they even walk in the door.
"You see their car pull up in the parking lot and I know, OK there's my sweet tea man," said Roberts.
The long-time server was sad to see the Franklin Pike location close, but she planned move to the restaurant's Green Hills location.
"I know they're going to come to Green Hills, so it'll work out," Roberts said.
Regular customer Chuck Carter said he will make the drive to Sylvan Park's other location.
"Bill Dennison opened it in 1978, and I ate here the first day it opened, and I'll be here the last day it's open, and then I'll go to Green Hills," Carter explained.
The Green Hills location will start serving breakfast on October 5, and that will help employ many of the Franklin Pike employees.
"We're trying to hopefully be able take all of them to Green Hills, because we're opening the breakfast shift, so that's allowing up to take to take most of the employees over there with us, so hopefully we'll be able to salvage their jobs," Greer said.
There is no word on what will replace the Sylvan Park Restaurant on the piece of prime property on Franklin Pike.
Greer recently opened a third Sylvan Park location in Murfreesboro. That restaurant will also remain open.