By Coma News Staff
A Campaign to prevent closure of the Grape Hut was stomped out this week after the owner announced the restaurant’s closure.
Grape Hut, Coma’s only drive-thru fast food grape restaurant, will close its doors for good at the end of the month, said Micah Horncraft, the restaurant’s owner.
Horncraft cited dwindling sales, a sluggish economy and “grape fatigue,” as the likely causes behind the failure of the business, which opened opened seven months ago.
“It says a lot about our current economic situation when a restaurant specializing in grapes can’t stay in busines of the s for even a year,” Horncraft said.
Leaders of a campaign to keep the grape purveyor operational included Jax Owen, owner of Big O Moonshine & Wine, who bought the unsold daily surplus from the restaurant to create his award-winning local wine.
“This is probably it for Hot Rod Merlot,” Owen said. “You can’t steal grapes this cheap.”
Another supporter of the fruit purveyor, Chase Donovan , said the restaurant’s loss will leave a void that is hard to fill.
“Ever since Eggs-To-Go burned down last year, the grape store has been our fall back car-pelting ammunition store,” said Donovan, a Coma News Daily intern. “You haven’t seen pissed off until you nail a dude in a convertable with a fistful of grapes.”
Horncraft said the business will close its doors for good next Sunday. While disappointed, Horncraft said he’s already thinking about his next business venture.
“I love buffet-style restaurants but I never have time to go to one,” he said. “I want to make the world’s first drive-thru all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant.”