An all to familiar sign has been placed in one of the few remaining restaurants in Langdon.
Posted on 8/22/15
By Melissa Anderson
After nearly 40 years of serving some of best food and emphasising family dining, George and Lucille Phillips will be hanging up their aprons for good as the Crossroads Family Restaurant will be closing at the end of harvest.
The Crossroads Family Restaurant first opened its doors under Phillips’s management in 1978. It exchanged hands in 1992 but soon found it’s way back to the Phillipses. George and Lucille’s son, Tony, bought the family resturant with the intention of continuing the legacy but like so many things, a twist of fate changed those plans.
The Phillipses bought the resturant back from Tony in late March. It’s been 5 a.m. wake up calls since to get into the resturant and start the day. With only George and Lucille working everyday and too few staff members, the Phillips soon faced a very tough decision. This comes after months of trying to get the all too necessary staff to keep the restaurant going.
“We cannot get steady employees,” George said.
The Phillipses are also not getting any younger as both are approaching 70 years old. With the getting on in years comes the need to stay on top of their health in order to maintain the quality of life they want.
“We really don’t have a choice in the matter,” George said.
Beginning August 24 the hours for the resturant will be from 6:30 to 10 a.m. and take out for harvest special suppers can be arranged with George at the restaurant.The Phillipses think that they should be closed by the middle of September if not sooner.
“We’re going to stay open until harvest is done,” George said.
The Phillips’es will still be offering catering services for weddings and events up until the end of the year.
“If somebody comes in within a reasonable timeframe and they want to do a wedding, we will cater,” George said.
The health concerns for the Phillips’s is one of the three reasons for the decision to close the doors but another is that they want to take time and enjoy life and catch up on much needed rest.
“We want to stop and smell the roses for a little bit,” Lucille said.
With so much running and constantly being busy, the Phillipses can hardly be blamed for wanting to take the time they have to enjoy life.
It’s a bittersweet decision to hang up their aprons after 37 years of bringing good food to the hungry patrons of the Langdon area as well as the travelers who reach the crossroads of Highways 1 and 5.
“It’s been wonderful and The community has been wonderful to us. The community has been so faithful to us,” George said.
One of the great things about the Crossroads Family Restaurant was the family-friendly atmosphere. With well-priced menu options that were far below what could be expected, the restaurant gave families the chance to take a break and go out all together.
Now that the Phillipses are closing the doors the question of what happens to the building comes to the forefront. While the Phillipses do have the building for sale or rent, they are very willing to help the next business owner should they want some pointers on how to mimic the longevity the Phillipses enjoyed.
“We know the community would support the restauarant,” Goerge said.
From the making of homemade salad dressings to the redesigning of the menu and restructuring of the prices, the Phillipses will help if they can.
“We would offer our input and work with them to an extent,” George said.
For more information on the Crossroads Family Resturant or to place an order for harvest takeout please call 701-256-2750.