The owner of the Flight Deck Restaurant appeared before the Western Nebraska Regional Airport board today, saying she didn’t want to close the restaurant but her hands were tied.
Tammy Relka last week submitted a letter to the board, exercising her option to terminate her contract with 60 days notice.
Relka told board members it wasn’t her intention to close the restaurant when she opened another establishment in Terrytown, but it’s difficult when you lose $10,000 over six months that comes out of your own pocket without being able to negotiate hours. “As soon as we started doing breakfast, ‘shoom’,” said Relka, making a downward motion with a pen, “You have to pay your payroll and different things, that is the number one reason we chose to vacate this. I couldn’t lose any more money.”
Relka thanked the airport for the years of being able to serve customers at the facility, saying she loved the location and will dearly miss it.
The airport will be advertising soon for a new restaurant operator, and officials say two individuals have already expressed interest in the space.