Smiley’s Restaurant closes doors
Smiley’ Restaurant in Porterdale closed down this week, and while owner Gwen Spears hopes to find a new location soon, she may have to relocate to another county.
The Southern buffet fell victim to the recession, with decreased sales for the past year and a half. Spears said Wednesday that business had just been picking up again, before the debt she had been ac- cumulating finally caught up.
“I got behind on my rent and had taken so much of my own personal money (to pay bills) I almost lost my house because of it,” Spears said. “I would just like to let people know that we appreciate each and every one of them standing behind us. We’ll miss them dearly. As soon as something comes available, we have our contact list, we’ll sure let them know where we end up.”
Smiley’s first opened on the Covington square in 1994, then moved a couple of times before opening on Porterdale’s main drag four years ago. Spears said she hasn’t been able to find another suitable location in the Covington area, and may move to Conyers or McDonough.
“I don’t need to stay out of work too long, because I have a lot of responsibilities. It’s like losing part of our family, our customers stood behind us like family. You grow to love people like that,” she said.