A Look Back: Springfield restaurants that shut down in 2017

  • Keisha Rowe
  • Staff Writer
Dec 26, 2017
Betty Mougey, center, poses with her daughters, granddaughters and great grandchildren in the Highland United Church of Christ cafeteria which she helped build 65 years ago. This is the last year the church will operate the cafeteria. Posing with Betty are, from left, Lydia Vlcek, Alysha Vlcek, Tammy Vlcek, Wyatt Vlcek, Victoria Smitson and Lillie-Mae Smitson. Bill Lackey/Staff

2017 has brought us a lot of highs and lows, and that includes the local food scene. There were several restaurants in the region that shut their doors for good this year and Springfield was no exception. Here’s a list of local favorites who served their last meal before the turn of 2018:

1. Krispy Krunchy Chicken

A little over a year after it opened, the Krispy Krunchy Chicken at 1929 E. Main Street closed its doors in September. The location had taken over where the former Long John Silver’s/A&W restaurant had been. There’s no word on what will happen to the location now, but for lovers of the franchise, there’s still another location available on W. North St.

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2. Shrimp House

This local seafood stop was torn down back in August. Its demolition followed a smash-and-grab robbery where a van was crashed into the strip mall where the business was located, which then caused a fire. Two businesses were a total loss following the blaze and have still not reopened.

The property managers for the restaurant, Westerville Square Inc. based in Columbus, couldn’t be reached to answer questions about what may be next for the location.

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3. The Highlands Cafeteria

This local institution had been part of the community for over 60 years before it closed down this past July. The Highland Cafeteria had served many a guest at the Clark County Fair over the years, and was famous for its roast beef hot shots. The cafeteria closed ahead of its host body, the Highlands United Church of Christ, which hosted its last service in November.

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