WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - After nearly 32 years of serving customers, Causeway Café shut its doors for good.
The Wrightsville Beach restaurant announced its closing on Facebook in October and said it is in timing with the retirement of owner Dave Monaghan. He said he plans to relax and enjoy time with family.
“Well for a while nothing! I’m not planning anything, I’m going to go spend time, take my wife up to Virginia to spend time with my son, I’m going to spend time on my boat a little bit and not make any schedules. At least until the end of the year and then I’ve got some part time work lined up, but not in a restaurant,” Monaghan said.
Monaghan spent the restaurants final day sitting at the counter, talking with many who came in to say goodbye. He said the past 32 years were filled with memories.
“We’ve just had a really good run. I’ve enjoyed all the anniversaries and new babies, I’m on the third generation of them. We’ve had several people kneel and do proposals and stuff so it’s been very interesting watching this and watching all the kids grow up. Those are the best memories,” Monaghan said.
Many of Monaghan’s staff has worked at the Causeway Cafe for nearly as long as he has owned it. He said the staff is like family and have always treated customers well, regardless of how busy the restaurant got. Monaghan said his customers are what he will miss most.
“Everyday I have a lot of fun with my customers and I always have. I look forward to that and I talk to some of the people who come in real early but then when it cranks up I have a good time with all the customers. I walk around constantly, I sit down with some of them and talk, make sure everything is good,” he said.
“As all good things must come to an end, we’re very much looking forward to spending more time with family and friends in wonderful Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington,” they said on Facebook.
Monaghan put the business up for sale and said many were interested in buying it to keep the tradition going. However, the owners of the property increased rent, making it unfeasible for any potential buyers.
According to recent posts on their Facebook page, they have also been selling some items from their restaurant to customers.