JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Oregon’s economy is slowly starting to improve, but for one business in Southern Oregon it’s not recovering fast enough.
After 15 years, a restaurant in Jacksonville is closing its doors. The owners of MacLevin’s Restaurant say they just can’t afford to run their business any longer.
Owners Jeff and Penelope Levin say everything from the electricity to the cost of food is too expensive. They currently owe the landlord $6,000.
Many customers are sad to see the restaurant close, saying the owners made them feel at home and provided wholesome food. MacLevin’s only uses organic ingredients and buys its food locally as much as possible. The owners say the closing of their restaurant is bittersweet.
“Try as we might, all the people that love us, I love them dearly, there needs to be more, and for them to come more often,” said Jeff Levin.
MacLevin’s plans to continue selling some of its food at 26 stores in Southern Oregon. The owners make Sisterfields jams, vinegar, and MacLevin’s King Crout.
You can purchase those items at Ray’s Food Place, Food 4 Less and Natural Grocers. The owners have also found a building in Ashland to continue producing those items.