After 60 years of being in business, Coachman's Dinner & Pancake House in Salt Lake City is closing, but it's not the COVID-19 pandemic getting the blame.
Mike Nikols' father first opened Coachman's in 1962 at 3434 S. State St. and then moved the location to where it is now, at 1301 S. State St. in 1975.
Nikols told 2News:
It's very difficult, we have so many wonderful people who come and eat here daily, and we're going to miss them all and it's been an honor to serve them all... We're all friends, wonderful friends, just like they were invited over for dinner."
Nikols says that in addition to the property the restaurant sits upon, his family also owns the retail office space directly south of the restaurant. Because of the age and design of the property, the Nikols family wanted to redo that office space to make it more modern and to add more than one story to the building.
When we applied for rezoning to get some height to there, because [right now] we're only allowed a couple floors, they needed me to include this property to be able to get that height. So, the zone that we needed, needed to be a corner property, so we had to combine the two."
The family could potentially rebuild the restaurant as part of the new development, which is expected to take two years.