KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A restaurant in Kinston served its last meal Thursday after more than 40 years of business.
Christopher’s Cafe, a staple in the downtown area closed its doors. The restaurant boasts having served over four generations since it opened up in 1969.
Owner Chris Maroules Jr. took over the restaurant 15 years ago after his father became ill.
At 61-years-old, Maroules had triple-bypass surgery in January after suffering a heart attack and feels it’s now his time to retire.
“I think we’ve been a real asset and its been a real asset to us,” said Maroules. “The community has been very good to us. I feel like we’re gone miss it, but you know when it’s time to get out.”
Frequent customer Nikki Lewis said her family has eaten at the restaurant since it opened.
“This restaurant means a lot to our family,” said Lewis. “We know everybody that works here. They’re like family to us so Christopher’s has been a staple to our community for a long time and it’s a sad day to see them close.”
Maroules said he still hopes to sell the business to someone who will keep it going.