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Pluto's Downtown Chico Closing

Pluto's restaurant in downtown Chico is shutting its doors after 15 years.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2018 5:52 PM
Updated: Oct. 31, 2018 12:47 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Pluto's restaurant in downtown Chico is shutting its doors after 15 years.

The co-owner, Gerry Bugas, told me Pluto's was booming for more than 10 years, but - over the past few years - that all changed.

"Everyone's just a little sad a little bitter too just a little upset," said employee Bryce Peck. 

Bugas said in the last two years their customer count dropped 10 percent.

"If we had maintained our customer count our guest volume coming in we would have easily renewed or easily gone to a year to year lease," Bugas said.

Bugas tells Action News Now that the lease ending helped him make the decision to close.

"You know it's been 15 years and our landlord has been terrific and really worked with us to try and renew the lease but we just felt like, our time was up," he said.

Peck said that the short notice really hurts.

"Sour bitter, remorseful not as much so as I can imagine for other employees who have worked here for a decade or even five years or 10 years, I've only been here for a year and a half and I'm lucky to have another job but I know there's employees that who are for a decade and they didn't know till yesterday," Peck said.

A handful of Chico State students were disappointed to find out their go-to lunch place was shutting its doors.

"Look at this thing, I mean come on it's delicious it's kind of sad I just found out about it today kinda this new diamond in the rough kind of deal it's sad to see it's gonna be going but businesses close down all the time here in Chico," said Chico State Student Derek. "It's kind of a sad reality of living in a college town." 

Bugas said the decision was heart wrenching and they're sad to leave the Chico community.

"Thank you Pluto's for 15 years of good food," said Chico State student Rhonda. 

Wednesday is supposed to be Pluto's last day - but the owner said if people come, and they have the food to make - they may open for lunch Thursday.

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