News of the closing brought back memories.
“I used to work at Venture, which was where Bed Bath & Beyond is now. Furr's was the best place for the lunch break. Cheap and fast. And if you helped an elderly customer, sometimes they'd buy you dessert!” Deirdre Newcomb, of Edmond, wrote in a Facebook comment.
Kinsey Crocker, of Oklahoma City, commented: “Oh no! That's terrible news. Even though people make fun of me for it, I love cafeteria food, and that Furr's was my favorite. My grandma and I used to meet there for lunch. I hate that cafeterias are so unpopular.”
Scott Kinnaird, of Edmond, said he was a regular there years ago when he managed the shopping center's movie theater.
“I was friends with the security guard, Troy, and we would eat lunch together there quite a bit,” he said. “He would flirt with the young girls behind the line and get two slices of pie and they would tell him he was going to get fat if he kept eating so much pie.
“I'll save the rest of the story, but it's not too hard to figure out. I had my 21st birthday lunch with my parents at that Furr's. Good food and good times. Sorry to see it close.”
Wilburn said the Furr's was still serving about 4,000 people a week, but that sales had fallen below what the owners required to keep it in operation. Buffet Partners LP could not be reached for comment in Dallas.
Brokers who market space in French Market Mall did not expect to see the 10,000-square-foot Furr's go dark.
“We are honestly surprised that Furr's did not renew their lease, as per the sales volumes reported to the landlord, the restaurant would appear to be profitable,” said Mark Inman, who markets the space with fellow broker Stuart Graham of CB Richard Ellis-Oklahoma.
“Although it is hard to see a long-standing tenant leave, their leaving and the property will open up opportunities for leasing to other national tenants that might better complement the existing tenant mix as well as the parking load, not to mention credit ratings. Expect some new tenant announcements in the coming months.”