Garden Cafe to close Christmas Eve

The Garden Cafe, a favorite meeting place for service clubs and after-church patrons, will close following lunch on Dec. 24, Hastings’ Hotel & Convention Center manager Brian Almond confirmed late Thursday afternoon.

Almond said the restaurant will reopen in mid-February with a different name under hotel management. He would not say whether a chain restaurant may be part of the new ownership model.

“It will be very similar to what we currently have,” he said. “That’s about all we’d like to give so far. We’ll be giving more in the next couple weeks.”

Almond said he will be contacting customers with bookings at the Garden in the coming weeks to fulfill those contracts if possible during the transition. The restaurant also supplies food for events at the adjoining convention center.

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