Emporium to close its doors after 17 years

November 13, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF – For the past 17 years, The Emporium in Scottsbluff has been one of those unique upscale restaurants, but their doors will close on Saturday, Nov. 24

“Starting about two years ago, our business was starting to lose steam,” said owner Ron Schluter. “Our two coffee kiosks are still doing well and we’ve been using profits from there to help keep the restaurant open.”

Schluter said he couldn’t put his finger on why business took a slide and could only speculate the time for The Emporium has come and gone.

“We got to the point where we were losing money at the restaurant and we can’t keep doing that,” he said. “We just don’t know how to turn it around.”

Schluter added he’s been taking care of family business in eastern Nebraska and has been unable to completely focus on his restaurant business.

The Emporium has received several recognitions and awards in local and statewide publications including Wine Spectator and Parade, but business continued to decline.

The restaurant discontinued its morning menu, then its lunch menu and was only open for the evening. But Schluter said what they made in the evening was not enough to cover the fixed costs to keep the restaurant open.

“We’ve made it 17 years and have great memories since we opened in 2001,” he said. “Now it’s time for us to close the doors and focus more on our coffee business.

The Emporium coffee kiosks are located at Main Street Market and at Regional West Medical Center.

The Emporium’s final day of service will be Nov. 24, officially closing the next day.

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