A month after Minneapolis lost its long-running Perkins Restaurant, the same thing has happened to St. Cloud.
Several media outlets are reporting that there's a sign on the door of the restaurant 118 6th Ave. S. in downtown St. Cloud confirming its closure after "more than 40 years of serving customers."
Its doors closed on Monday, WJON reports, with the franchisee noting that the lease on the building and parking lots were due to expire in the coming months.
"This along with the expiration of our franchise agreement has brought us to this difficult decision."
The move came on the same day that the parent company of Perkins, Perkins & Marie Callender's, announced it would be closing 10 underperforming Perkins restaurants nationally
The closure of St. Cloud seems to be a decision taken independently of these national closures, with the company at this stage not releasing a list of closing locations.
Nearby Perkins restaurants in Sartell and Waite Park continue to operate, with affected staff from the St. Cloud restaurant being offered jobs at these locations.
The closure in St. Cloud comes just a few weeks after Minneapolis lost its only Perkins, on Riverside Avenue, with another location in Shakopee also closing recently as well.
Perkins still has a major presence in the Twin Cities and the rest of Minnesota, with 61 restaurants across the state, more than two-dozen of which are in the metro area.