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Lyon’s closes doors

Lyon’s Restaurant in Grass Valley will be closed for business for a few weeks, but will reopen soon, according to the husband of the woman who owns the building and property.

Late Thursday afternoon, Jan Hjorth of Walnut Creek said Ajey Giles, who has operated the actual local Lyon’s business, closed the doors Wednesday night. The building and lot at 12075 Nevada City Highway are in the name of Sandra Hjorth, his wife.

“They didn’t want to be in the restaurant business anymore,” Hjorth said. “She’s going out of business.”



The Union was unable to locate Giles.

Hjorth said the building will be cleaned, painted and reopened for business in a few weeks with a new menu.




“It will be all new. It will reopen under new management,” he said. “We are negotiating with two tenants right now. Lyon’s is very interested in holding onto it. The people we are talking to have more restaurant experience.

“People believe it’s a good place for a restaurant. People are moving into Grass Valley. It’s a nice place to live.”

Hjorth said he did not know if Giles owned the business outright, or if she owned a Lyon’s franchise.

“It was a franchise restaurant. It is not company operated,” said Harold Gaubert, Lyon’s of California Inc. CEO . “I am aware it is closed.” Gaubert would not offer further comment.

Lyon’s Restaurants were sold to Amber’s Pacific Restaurants of San Diego in the early 1990s, according to an Aug. 30, 2002, article in the East Bay Business Times. That company field for bankruptcy in 2001 and in the reorganization, headquarters were moved to Sacramento.

At that point, Lyon’s of California sold 35 of its 72 restaurants as franchises, closed 32 of them and kept five, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.

The front door of the restaurant in the Brunswick Basin was locked Thursday and all the blinds were drawn. People inside the restaurant said they could not comment.

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To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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