Ed's Café, a longtime restaurant and gathering place in Platteville opened its doors in November 1959. The business will close on June 24.
Owners Clayton and Kathy Poller took over the business on Jan. 1, 1973. They were unable to come to a new lease agreement with property owner Ron Holl. The building also houses a Shell gas station and convenience store.
As for their plans after the business closes, Clayton said they have nothing planned.
The restaurant, a popular early morning hangout, is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ed's Café currently has a staff of 15 employees.
As for re-opening the café elsewhere, Clayton doesn't see that happening. "We are both in our 60's and I don't think at this stage of the game, we will go anywhere else," he said.
Holl noted no specific plans have been made for the property; however, one of a few ideas he is investigating is building a convention center. If he moves forward with that idea, Holl is hopeful it can be open by the spring of 2013, which would include razing the current building. He reiterated that no final decisions have been made about the future of the property.