— Chico, Calif., is closing its doors to new diners in 2019.
The restaurant will close for good on Sept. 10, 2019, according to a statement on its website.
Chico’s owner, former Mayor Matt Villasenor, told The Associated Press on Wednesday he plans to retire in 2019 and turn the restaurant over to his wife, former Chico Mayor Nancy Villasensor.
The company was owned by the Villasers since 2005, when the restaurant opened on Lake Elsinore in the town of Chico.
Nancy Villasenosor told the AP she’s confident her husband will continue the restaurant as it did in the past, and that she’s not looking for another job.
The town of 2,500 has a population of more than 3,000.
The Villasners’ Chico location had been a popular tourist destination, with families visiting from around the world and the restaurant’s popularity has only grown over the past few years.
The Chico City Council approved the closing earlier this year, saying it’s not feasible to continue to serve Chicoites as their restaurant and entertainment options are dwindling.
In 2019, Chico has a restaurant and banquet hall open for business, and it is expected to reopen in early 2020.
Chicano Food Truck, a popular restaurant, will continue to operate as a business in the future.
The city has been in talks with the owners of the restaurants to reopen.
Chichos Chico Restaurant and Wine Bar will close.
They will remain open as a casual restaurant.