Brighter Day Restaurant Closing

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The tough economy is catching up with a local restaurant to the point where it may soon be closing its doors for good.

Customers at Brighter Day Restaurant in Marietta are getting their last taste of a longtime establishment.

"I actually had to cut it back, we were coming so often," Carol Wharff, a customer, said.

Owner Don Murray works hard to keep the food coming and customers happy, but unfortunately Brighter Day has seen better days.

"We actually laid everybody off on Friday so they could go ahead and file for unemployment compensation, but as you can see a number of our staff volunteered to work this week to help us deplete our inventory," Murray said.

The restaurant has already stopped serving dinner, and lunch will be limited until supplies are gone, and with Monday's large lunch crowd, that may be sooner than later.

"It's been a great day so far; a lot of support from the community," Murray said.

"It's a shame. There's been a restaurant here for years and years and years," Christine Wark, a customer, said.

Brighter Day has been in the area for more than three decades, and many of its regulars aren't ready to see it go.

"Something needs to happen to keep it here because it is a popular place to eat," Wark said.

"My hope is that some knight in shining armor will come and help them out in some way," Wharff said.

Hoping that somehow more days of business can be added to the menu.

Murray says the Brighter Day Natural Food retail store, next door to the restaurant, will stay open indefinitely.

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  • by Amy Location: Marietta on Jun 24, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    I am so very sad to hear this. BD is our favorite place to eat. It is owned by a wonderful local family and the food is great.
  • by Marisa Location: Beverly on Jun 23, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    I love Brighter Day! The staff was always friendly, food was amazing, and frankly there are hardly any other options for healthy (and tasty!) food around here. And it wasn't noticably more expensive than any other locally owned restaurants! I guess people just prefer fast food and chain restaurants... :(
  • by Bill Location: Marietta on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    Another one bites the dust. When City council won't back up their business owners, this happens. Remember the Brownies fire. Everyone was so revved up that we were going to get better police/fire protection. Look where that ended up. Just the same old few who are more interested in taking mommy of in some corner of the station than protecting the city. City Council, you'd better decide which is more important, a robust fire and police force to protect business owners, or your precious salaries.
  • by Anonymous Location: WATERFORD on Jun 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    NO WAY! They had great food!
  • by Ann Location: Marietta, Ohio on Jun 23, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    I'm so sorry to hear they are closing. This has been a great restaurant in the area. There seemed to always be a good lunch crowd.
  • by SBH Location: Belpre, O. on Jun 22, 2009 at 09:21 PM
    I agree their chicken and noodles were great! I love their wheat dinner rolls too! YUM this is really sad!
  • by Maria Location: Marietta on Jun 22, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    I am so sad to hear that Brighter Day is closing. This is one of my favorite places to eat for lunch! I love the Chicken and Noodles!!! Please don't close!
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