The restaurant has been open for the past 17 years.
30 people are employed at the Klamath Falls location.
Southern Oregon Elmer’s President Terry Hopkins cited multiple economic factors as the reason behind the closure.
The “Purple Parrot’ lounge in the Klamath Falls Elmer’s building will remain open.
The store in Klamath Falls is the only Elmer’s targeted for closure.
Hopkins says stores in Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Springfield, and Albany will remain open.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.