By Robert Flippo
The Catfish Cove restaurant on Piedmont Road has officially closed. The restaurant’s lease ended on August 15 and the owners chose not to renew the lease for another year.
Hoss Cooley, the owner of the building Catfish Cove occupied, had given the owners a year of free rent in order to help the restaurant get on its feet. However, Catfish Cove was never quite able to get its feet on solid ground. According to Cooley, the owners chose not to renew the lease because they said if they had to pay rent they would not be able to make a profit.
“Catfish Cove had great food but the people of Piedmont never supported it,” Cooley said.
Unfortunately, this was not the first restaurant unable to make it at that location. Multiple restaurants have come and gone despite Cooley’s high hopes.
“I thought it was time to bring a restaurant into Piedmont, that’s why I built it,” Cooley said.
The problem was that even though many Piedmont residents were happy to have a restaurant in town, the restaurants never received enough support to keep them profitable.
“We’ve tried for five years and that location has lost money since day one,” Cooley said.
The loss of Catfish Cove marks the end of Cooley trying to get a restaurant to work at that location. Cooley said he will be holding an auction on September 5 in order to sell all of the kitchen and restaurant equipment. Then he will have to find another business to rent t he building to. At this point, he does not have an idea of what will end up there but he does know one thing—it will not be a restaurant.
Catfish Cove may not have received enough regular business to stay profitable, but it did have its supporters who will be sad to see it go. Anyone one craving Catfish Cove will soon be able to catch them at their new location on NW Expressway between Rockwell and Macarthur.