According to a social media post, Ponderosa Steakhouse in Draffenville was recently closed short-term for plumbing repairs when the owner decided to make the closure permanent.

Melissa Hale, owner of the restaurant, said the decision was the result of a number of issues facing the business including the plumbing issues which had caused a short-term closure, "rising costs, out-of-control maintenance, debt from [the] closure of the Reidland location and overall cost of operations."

"I leave this business after 21 of the 32 years of operation. I have truly tried to put my heart and soul into this business on a daily basis. It has seen me through some of the darkest times in my life with the guests' smiling faces and encouragement to my valued employees keeping things afloat during those events, it has truly been what has helped me to keep going," she wrote in part. "I hope that each of you have some fond memories of dining with us and that we have somehow touched your life in a positive way that you may remember us by."

Hale thanked the employees, vendors, guests as well as the local and surrounding communities for their support and asked for prayers as she and her employees move forward.

"We all must accept the end of something in order to being something new," she said in closure.

Hale opened the Reidland location at the Southern Pride truck stop on Hwy. 68 in September 2016; it closed in August 2017.