TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A closed sign on the door of a Tyler restaurant - long considered an ‘institution’ in the community - has sparked concern among hungry Tylerites.
The sign, posted on the city’s lone remaining Luby’s restaurant in the 1800 block of Roseland Boulevard last week, had a simple message.
“We will be closed until further notice.”
However, calls and emails from upset diners hankering for a piece of their favorite pie from the “Tyler institution,” as one woman called it, led us to dig further into the closing.
The building that the “Roseland Luby’s” occupies is owned by Bergfeld Realty, a 137-year-old Tyler institution, itself. Brad Bergfeld with the commercial real estate part of the company spoke with us briefly regarding the future of the eatery.
“It’s Luby’s restaurant, so I’ll let them talk to you,” he said. He also confirmed that Bergfeld Realty does still own the building that Luby’s occupies.
We called Bill Gordon, a public relations spokesperson for Luby’s who Bergfeld put us in contact with.
When told that some East Texans are upset by the possibility of losing the longtime restaurant, many of them referring to having eaten there with grandparents decades ago, he said he understood.
“That restaurant has been there for 55 years,” he said.
When asked whether the restaurant was permanently closing, he said no.
“We are going to make kitchen repairs and other updates,” he said, “We haven’t started taking bids or designs yet."
Luby’s is located at 1815 Roseland Boulevard in Tyler. There was no announcement about closing or renovation on the restaurant’s social media page.