Saying goodbye: McCollum’s Catfish and Seafood to close June 25

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - A longtime staple in the area is now counting down to closing.

Janice Couch is the owner of McCollum's Catfish and Seafood.  Her parents opened the restaurant on February 9, 1961.

But now, rising food costs, more competition, and family medical expenses will close the doors June 25.

"It's family, we're all family," said Couch. "My mom would go around to all the tables, everyone knew her, she would even sit down with them."

Now she does the same, playing social butterfly around the restaurant. She grew up there, even had her bridal shower there.

Many of the customers, she said, thanked her for keeping her parents' restaurant alive for so long.

Mike Brown enjoyed a seafood platter at the restaurant Thursday. He said he's been a customer there for about 50 years and is sad to see it go.

"My mom and dad ate here for years before me," he said. "That was their every-Saturday-night deal."

"That's what's tearing me up the worst, is all the old people that have been coming since I was 5 years old," said Couch.

The parking lot has been full every day since it was announced the longtime restaurant was closing.

"I appreciate all the people that have come out these past three days," said Couch, holding back tears. "It's like it used to be when Mom and Dad were here. Mom and Dad would be so proud that they all came back."

She says closing the restaurant is the hardest decision she's ever made.

But now, she thanks the River City for the good times.

"I’m just gonna miss them all, and miss all the people. There's been  a lot of memories. A lot of good things, a lot of good people."

She is seeking a buyer for the eatery.