Restaurant closure: Another Queensland Sizzler to shut doors after 31 years

Rockhampton residents are pushing to keep their town’s Sizzler restaurant open after its parent company announced its closure after 31 years.

The central Queensland restaurant will shut its doors on March 1 for the redevelopment of the Stockland Shopping Centre.

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But the buffet diner will not reopen, Collins Foods Limited has revealed.

“We want to thank our employees for their dedication, and our guests for their loyalty, over the last 31 years,” a company spokesperson said.

“The staff and management of Sizzler Rockhampton have been fantastic, making sure every dining experience was a great one for our amazing customers.”

The decision has prompted an online petition calling for Collins Foods to reconsider.

“This is a desperate plea to Collins Foods Limited,” said petitioner Rachel Titmarsh.

“Please don’t leave Rockhampton.”

On Tuesday afternoon, the petition was fewer than 400 signatures short of its target of 1000.

Known for its unlimited cheesy bread and salad bar, Sizzler was once one of Queensland’s most popular restaurant chains after opening in Kedron in Brisbane in 1985.

But there will be as few as nine remaining country-wide next month – five in Queensland (Caboolture, Loganholme, Maroochydore, Mermaid Beach and Toowoomba), one in NSW (Campbelltown) and three in Western Australia (Innaloo, Kelmscott and Morley).

The Rockhampton restaurant is one of several to be closed in recent years.

It goes the way of installments at Ipswich, Brookside, Toowong, Carindale and Bundaberg in Queensland and Sydney’s Kogarah.

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