CINCINNATI -- Red Squirrel, a popular local restaurant chain with five locations throughout Cincinnati and its suburbs, announced Tuesday it will be closing three of its eateries.
Red Squirrel will close its locations in Fairfield, Tri-County and Sharonville. Their locations in Queensgate and Colerain will remain open.
"We regret to inform all of our loyal customers that our three Red Squirrel locations will be closed for good," the restaurant's owners wrote on their Facebook page . "Thanks to you all for the support over the last 30 years."
The Red Squirrel restaurants are a family-owned chain known for “original” sandwiches prepared with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and served on white toasted bread with potato chips and a pickle. The chain also served all-day breakfast and customizable double-decker sandwiches.
"I was kind of surprised that they were all of a sudden closed," said Red Squirrel regular Barry Moermond. "I was just here one day at the end of last week. I think it was Thursday or Friday."
Those who commented on the Facebook announcement Tuesday were shocked by the news. One person said, "We will miss you and your family. We are all just devastated."
Another commented, "My son cried. He loved going to Red Squirrel. We will miss the family style restaurant and the staff that welcomed us every time we came in."
The owners also added, "a huge thank you, too, to our many wonderful employees who went above and beyond to give great service. We appreciate all the hard work."