An Airdrie restaurant, whose owner has been in the restaurant business for over four decades in the city, has been listed for sale. The ad which appeared online on April 12, lists the location as 532 1 Avenue Northeast, Airdrie: Cheryl's Country Kitchen.

The owner and namesake of the establishment, Cheryl Matthews, confirmed to Discover Airdrie that the restaurant has indeed been listed for sale. According to the ad, the owners are looking to retire and want to sell the business privately.

The listing was also shared on social media, which caused residents and loyal customers to erupt in laments about the potential sale of the establishment. 

"Say it isn’t so. My favourite lady and restaurant," one social media commentator wrote.

Another thanked Matthews for her decades of service.

"What an icon in Airdrie. This will be so very missed," they wrote.

Ashley Mathews, Cheryl's daughter, also took to social media to calm customers and assure them the doors of Cheryl's kitchen are not closing.

"We absolutely love our customers. However, we are looking for the right people to buy. Until that time comes it is business as usual nothing has changed whatsoever. This post was just to pique the interest of potential buyers. We greatly appreciate all the continued love and support," she wrote in response to the torrent of comments.

In a previous interview with Discover Airdrie, Matthews said she prides herself on home-cooked comfort food.

"I don't do pizza because there were too many in Airdrie. I decided that I was going do homemade, I was going concentrate on homemade," she said. 

Thus far in 2023, three other food establishments in Airdrie have either shuttered their doors or plan to. Suzanna's, a local restaurant shut down at the end of March. Fitzsimmons Brewing Company closes at the end of this month, while SkyeFire Bakery closed last month. 

The online ad for the sale of Cheryl's Kitchen has been viewed over 3,000 times since being posted on Kijiji.

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