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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Oct. 8, 201910:28 AM EST

Updated: Derby House Diner in Five Points closes

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Restaurant owner says "people were not coming in."

Derby House Diner, the former Derby on Park restaurant at 1068 Park St. in Five Points, announced Tuesday it has closed.

Michael Schmidt, who co-owns the restaurant with Chad Munsey, said they closed the restaurant because they "were not getting the numbers, people were not coming in."

 "We had a lot of regulars, wonderful customers, our staff did an amazing job," Schmidt said. "We were not seeing the numbers we needed to get to cover our overhead."

Schmidt and Munsey also own The Bearded Pig restaurant in San Marco and the Rec Room bar and arcade, also in Five Points.

"We are going to focus on the Bearded Pig," Schmidt said.

The restaurant announced the decision on its Facebook page. The restaurant opened June 17 and its closure comes days after its grand opening celebration over the Sept. 27-29 weekend. 

“It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that we have decided to close our doors. We thank all of our staff for helping us bring our vision to life with an amazing menu and wonderful service. Thank you to all who supported us,” the restaurant announced on Facebook. 

Derby House Diner hired executive chef Dustin Wigglesworth, former chef de cuisine at The Candy Apple Cafe, to create a classic diner menu with a twist. Schmidt said the “twist” involves “healthy, thoughtful options.”

The original restaurant opened in the 1940s and the owners planned to return “it back to a diner as it was for the past 60 years,” Schmidt said.

The Derby House Diner menu included BLT and Reuben sandwiches, fried chicken and meatloaf. 

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