Sizzler Cleveland to close its doors on Sunday

CREATING MEMORIES: Manly resident Kirsty Johnston took her daughters Charlotte, 8, and Piper, 3 to Sizzler for lunch in July because she knew the restaurant would soon close. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
CREATING MEMORIES: Manly resident Kirsty Johnston took her daughters Charlotte, 8, and Piper, 3 to Sizzler for lunch in July because she knew the restaurant would soon close. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

SIZZLER fans have only until Sunday to visit the Cleveland restaurant.

A Collins Foods spokesperson has confirmed that Sunday, September 2 will be the last trading day for the restaurant.

Sizzler is to be replaced with a drive-through Taco Bell.

Collins applied to Redland City Council in June to knock down the Sizzler restaurant and build the Mexican fast food outlet.

The only person to lodge an objection to the application, Cleveland resident Bert Maynard, said he and his wife had been weekly customers at Sizzler for the past 20 years or so.

Mr Maynard said council had a duty to ensure changes to Redlands were in the best interests of residents.

“The application seeks council approval to replace Sizzlers with a Tycobel (sic) fast food outlet where in the main customers order and purchase their meal supplied in a paper bag, box or bucket,” Mr Maynard said.

“Within the Redlands we are catered very well with the fast food outlets like KFC, Red Rooster, Hungry Jacks, McDonalds etc.

“If council feels it appropriate to allow another fast food outlet, perhaps another site should be found.”

Mr Maynard said Sizzler catered for families and children in a safe environment with a healthy choice of nutritious foods.

“(The restaurant is) booked out over Christmas Day with two sittings where the presentation and menu content is fit for a king and, as a bonus, a visit by Santa during the meal sessions with a small present for the children.”

In July Sizzler customers and staff said the restaurant had been busier than usual.

Collins also applied for Taco Bell and the next door KFC to trade up to 24 hours a day.

The Collins spokesperson said the local Sizzler team thanked their fabulous customers for their patronage.

“Where possible staff will be reassigned to other Collins Foods’ outlets, which include other Sizzler restaurants and KFC stores,” the spokesperson said.

“Staff will also be invited to apply to work at the new Taco Bell store which will open on the Sizzler site in the near future.”