Photo by Julia Hart
Sunny Spot Restaurant owner Sue Hook serves Les Amundson his morning coffee. She will close the doors to the popular eatery for the last time this coming Sunday at 3 p.m.
As of Friday, March 21, 2014
The Carrington Company, which owns Mid Valley Mall, has purchased Sunnyside’s Sunny Spot Restaurant, which has been operated by Sue and Garry Hook for the past 20 years.
The popular eatery will close its doors this coming Sunday at 3 p.m. as the Hooks bid farewell to their home away from home for the last time.
Mrs. Hook said the couple had to make a difficult decision, selling the restaurant because of health concerns.
She said the couple will be moving to Canada on April 1, leaving the community they have come to know and love so much.
The Hooks moved to the Yakima Valley in 1994 to raise thoroughbreds.
They wanted an investment and found an opportunity, opening Sunny Spot soon after moving here.
“We had a restaurant in Canada for 20 years, so we have been in the business for 40 years,” said Mrs. Hook.
She said the couple envisioned a small café-type operation when they opened Sunny Spot.
“We didn’t realize it would turn into what it has become,” said Mrs. Hook.
What Sunny Spot became is a destination for community members and visitors alike. There are many who frequent the eatery on a daily basis for coffee, good conversation, breakfast and lunch.
“The customers are like family…I fully anticipate they will visit us in the future,” said Mrs. Hook.
Many of the customers who frequent Sunny Spot do so because of the welcoming atmosphere, the friendly faces and the quality service…not to leave out the fresh-from-scratch meals.
“We believe in making everything from scratch,” said Hook.
What is most difficult for her is the thought of leaving all her friends behind. With an emotionally strained voice, she said, “We really love everyone.”
Hook said the staff, too, deserves credit for the restaurant’s popularity. “We have been fortunate enough to have loyal employees who care for the customers as though they are indeed family.”
She said her staff has learned the routines and eating habits of many of the regulars, having meals ready sometimes before a customer even opens the door.
“This is just a really hard thing,” said Hook.
Brandon Bailey of The Carrington Company said the sale of the property has not yet closed, but is expected to do so in the next couple of weeks.
Until then, he is unable to comment on the purchase and plans for the restaurant.