Closing Time

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Banner Graphic/ERIC BERNSEE

After more than 30 years on the Greencastle restaurant scene and after surviving a kitchen fire last November, Long John Silverís Seafood Shoppe appears to have sailed off into the sunset from all indications Tuesday. While no one would comment officially, closed signs were posted both on the Indianapolis Road marquee and drive-through display while employees could be seen loading a rental truck with items from the interior.

Banner Graphic/ERIC BERNSEE
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  • It is sad to lose LJS. Greencastle already lacks family restaurants . It would be so nice to see Applebee's, Chili's, Texas Roadhouse or a Logan's come into town. This isn't a attack on Putnam Inn or Jacksons but a cry for choice. I know my family travels to either Avon or Plainfield often. We also drive to Crawfordsville for either Culver's or Steak and Shake.

    -- Posted by Trying hard on Wed, Oct 18, 2017, at 8:17 AM
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    Unfortunately, I've been to enough LJS restaurants to know that the entire company has never seemed to be properly managed. The food is always very greasy, the restaurants are usually messy, and the staff are almost always miserable to a point that you pity them (which doesn't help the dining experience). Even the seating has issues as I've always thought the seats were never very comfortable, but that's just my opinion. Adding to this, I've hardly ever seen anyone eating there that wasn't 60+ years of age unless they had noisy and out-of-control grand kids kids eating with them. (All of these things I mention are just my personal experiences between the Greencastle, Brazil, and Terre Haute locations. Not trying to say that it's like this across the board. It might just be this region?)

    Anyway, don't get me wrong: I'm saddened by this as well... I've always viewed LJS as *THE* place for the most delicious hush puppies and batter crispies and battered clams. Just thinking about them makes my mouth water! But this closing just isn't very surprising... They haven't diversified their business model or refined things to improve the old issues. I don't think any business can survive if it keeps pushing the same methods with a society that sometimes changes, ya know?

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, Oct 18, 2017, at 8:57 AM
  • Im assuming that the banner graphic was not aware of this closing until someone said they are loading up everything. Then seeing the closed signs. Might try to get out of the office a little more and make everyone aware so that we might be able to patronize this business before they actually close. Your journalistic approach to only picking and choosing your stories is more than a little "noticeable" now.

    -- Posted by canttakeitanymore on Wed, Oct 18, 2017, at 1:00 PM
  • dirtypolitics

    It is absurd that you would think the banner should spend its time questioning local business about their financial stability. More than likely LJS didnít want the public to know it was closing until the day it happened. As far as patronizing a local business that is something that should be done on a regular base not when you hear that they might be closing because by that time itís to late. In LJS case the Greencastle store is not the only one that closed, the one on west Washington St. in Indy also closed making me think this was a corporation decision. Applebeeís and IHOP are closing upwards of 160 stores also so one of them coming to town isnít going to happen either.

    -- Posted by illudo illusi illusum on Wed, Oct 18, 2017, at 2:38 PM
  • illudo illusi illusum--stultum est.

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Wed, Oct 18, 2017, at 5:50 PM
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