Penguin Point is closing seven of its locations, effective immediately, including one of three Warsaw locations.
According to a public post on Penguin Point’s Facebook page on Monday, these locations include the Warsaw location on Lake Street, Plymouth, Elkhart on Bristol, Elkhart on Luster, Fort Wayne, Marion and Goshen.
A note on the door at the Lake Street location says, “Sorry we are closed. Please visit our other two Warsaw locations. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
The Facebook post states, “It was a great pleasure to serve these communities and we look forward to seeing many of you at our remaining locations.”
Every member of each store was offered a position at one of Penguin Point’s other locations. The Facebook post thanks the team members who made the closing locations a “welcoming space for families for so many years.”
Service will continue to be provided at nine other locations, including Warsaw on Center and Detroit streets, Wabash, Auburn, Elkhart on Center Street, Syracuse, Columbia City, North Manchester and South Bend.
Since 1950, Penguin Point has offered burgers, fries, chicken, shakes and tenderloin sandwiches, according to its website at https://penguinpoint.com.
Penguin Point Franchise System Inc. began as a carhop drive-in on June 6, 1950, by two Stouder families, Wallace and Mary Stouder and his brother Lloyd and Heleta Stouder. It was only open during the summer. The modern-day corporation was formed by the two brothers in June 1961, the website states, and grew to include 13 restaurants in northern Indiana, a catering company and a restaurant equipment company. The first restaurant was opened at the intersection of Ind. 13 and 15 in Wabash.
In 2018, Penguin Point was acquired by Jeff Love and his company, UsAssets Inc. (https://www.usassetsinc.com/)