Roussos is Closing — BUMMER!

21 Aug

Roussos

This is sad news, folks. Good eats — and even better people!

Fifty-five years after it served its first shrimp on the Causeway, Roussos, now located just south of Interstate 10 in Daphne, will serve its last dishes this weekend.

The family restaurant, which has survived destructive storms and three moves, hasn’t been able to weather a shriveled economy and will close it’s doors for good at 3 p.m. Sunday after one final lunch service.

 

“We just made this decision this week,” Georgia Roussos, who runs the business her parents founded with brothers Jimmy and John, said Friday. “It’s been a difficult decision to make.”

George and Zenia Roussos opened the restaurant, a seafood place with a Greek bent, on the Causeway in 1954.

When Hurricane Frederic destroyed the eatery in 1979, the business relocated to Mobile’s Fort Conde area. In 2004, four years after George died, his children moved Roussos to the Eastern Shore Centre in Spanish Fort. Four years after that, they moved it to its present location in Daphne on U.S. 98 near the entrance to the Lake Forest Yacht Club.

“Our business here in Daphne was very strong until last fall,” Jimmy Roussos said in a news release. “It is a good location and the area was very supportive. Then the economic downturn really hit us hard, like it has a lot of restaurants.”

Around October the restaurant began seeing changes in their customers, Georgia Roussos said. They came less frequently, $10 lunch tabs became $7, diners began cutting out extras like wine and desert.

The family hopes to continue operating its catering business after the restaurant closes, but they’ve yet to find a location to work from, said Georgia Roussos, who began cashiering at the restaurant as a teen in the 1970s and whose own children had there first jobs in the kitchen. Someday, she said, the restaurant might even be able to reopen.

“This is without a doubt the toughest decision our family has ever made,” John Roussos said in the release. “The restaurant isn’t a just job to us. It is our way of life.”

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