Sizzler closing: Last days for cheesy toast

 

THE time has come - it's last orders for everyone's favourite cheesy toast.

The owners of the East Ipswich Sizzler have ignored many pleas on social media to keep the favourite restaurant open and will shut the doors for good on Sunday in preparation for a new era with the construction of an uber-modern Taco Bell.

After 32 years the East Ipswich Sizzler is now one of southeast Queensland's last remaining Sizzlers and has gained some icon status.

A spokesperson for Collins Food Limited, which owns Sizzler, told the Ipswich City Council they were grateful for the community support over the years.

"The company has thanked the community who have visited Sizzler locally and looks forward to welcoming them to Ipswich's first Taco Bell," the spokesman told the council said.

Dates for the new Taco Bell restaurant on the site have not yet been confirmed, but the change is a sign of shifting consumer tastes.

"The Sizzler brand has been on a journey in recent years, undergoing a review of its offer, decor and positioning to better compete in an ever-evolving market place," the spokesperson said.

The bell is tolling as the 32-year-old Sizzler at East Ipswich is about to close its doors, making way for a Taco Bell. Picture: Brenton Waters, Ipswich City Council
The bell is tolling as the 32-year-old Sizzler at East Ipswich is about to close its doors, making way for a Taco Bell. Picture: Brenton Waters, Ipswich City Council

"The Ipswich market has changed and grown a new generation of diners."

Collins food told the Ipswich City Council they had been working with managers and team members at Sizzler Ipswich to retain their skills and experience where possible.

Earlier this year, Ipswich City Council approved plans for the city's first Taco Bell on the site currently occupied by Sizzler.

The plans allow for the new construction of a single storey building facing Brisbane Road with a drive thru facility sleeved behind the building.

The plans indicate the Taco Bell will be 250sq m plus a 58sq m outdoor dining area.

The drive thru will allow for queuing for 12 vehicles, with up to 10 employees expected to be on site at any one time.

It will be Collins Restaurants' first Taco Bell in Ipswich and follows an announcement last year by the company that is would roll out "more than 50 new locations across three states over the next three years".