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Quigley's Restaurant closing down
IHOP looks to open in its place by Nov. 14
LENWOOD • A staple of the Barstow community for the past 22 years will shut its doors Sunday afternoon, making way for a new International House of Pancakes.
Quigley’s Restaurant in Lenwood will be sold to Sam & Dans LLC, which is expected to remodel the restaurant and then reopen it as an IHOP by Nov. 14, according to a news release from commercial real estate group Lee & Associates.
The group represents Quigley’s and worked to bring IHOP to Lenwood.
Quigley’s owner Michael Lewis made the announcement to his staff at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“They were sad (to hear the news), because we are a big family,” Lewis said. “But they were super positive and super understanding. IHOP already said they are expecting to hire everybody currently on the staff, so that’s all I could ask for.”
Quigley’s currently employs 28 people. IHOP, when fully staffed, plans to maintain 60 to 70 employees, which would create a need for additional hires, according to the news release.
Quigley’s opened in May 1991 and has “done well as a one-of-a-kind” restaurant, Lewis said.
One of the first restaurants in the Lenwood area, Quigley’s was built around the same time as the Barstow Outlets and just before the arrival of the Tanger Outlets, he said.
Lewis, whose family also owns the local Fosters Freeze and several business lots in the area, said he had been managing Quigley’s since 2001.
The deal had been in negotiations for the last six months, and the sale is expected to be finalized by the middle of next month, according to the news release.
“It was a difficult decision to sell, but the time has come,” Lewis said in a prepared statement. “Tourists are generally looking for a name brand that they already know. I think the new owners are making a smart move to reopen it as an IHOP.”
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.