A Lubbock Food Favorite Closes its Doors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/23/03

A Lubbock Food Favorite Closes its Doors

A long time Lubbock restaurant has closed its doors. After 26 years in the Memphis Place Mall, Harrigan's, a favorite steak house and bar is no more.

A sign on the front door of Harrigan's read's "Thanks for 26 years of service," it goes on to say, "We've truly enjoyed serving you." And with that the restaurant closed.

The restaurant was open Monday for lunch, but by dinner time, the doors were locked and employees were sent home. Patrons have been showing up all week to eat, only to find the restaurant has gone out of business.

"We just came here for lunch and somebody came out and told us they filed bankruptcy and I guess it happened real quick, but we loved coming here," said Dana Hamm of Plains.

"Yeah, I'm disappointed, I wanted quiche," Cliffa Herron of Brownfield said.

"It was her birthday yesterday so we thought it'd be a good place to eat," Hamm said.

Dana and Cliffa say they've been coming to Harrigan's for years, and they were shocked to hear it had closed. Dewayne Askins, a leasing agent with Wilkerson Properties, explains what happened.

"Harrigan's is part of the Pinnacle restaurant group. The Pinnacle restaurant group had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in March of this year and were working a reorganization plan. The Lubbock and Albuquerque, New Mexico stores were to be left enact, left alone," Dewayne Askins said.

Askins said they received paper work last week stating the Lubbock store would stay open, but apparently at the last minute the lender backed out. The restaurant chain started right here in Lubbock in 1977, but it grew to have about a dozen locations in the southwest, all of which are now closed.

"We're just very disappointed to see Harrigan's gone from the community and we look forward to expediting what ever we can do to make sure there is another restaurant in Memphis Place Mall as fast as we can," Askins said.

With no restaurant, business in the mall has slowed. "We get a lot of traffic coming off of Harrigan's so we look forward to a new restaurant," Scott Carter, of Otto's said.

For now Harrigan's will remain locked with all of the restaurants belongings inside. Once the bankruptcy case concludes, management at Memphis pace will look to replace the restaurant with a new one.

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