Lovers of Sizzler’s famous cheese toast have just a few days left to get their fix with the East Ipswich restaurant in its final days of trading.
The restaurant will close on Sunday, 11 August after more than three decades of trading.
A spokesperson for Collins Food Limited, which owns Sizzler, said the company was grateful for the community support over the years.
“The company has thanked the community who have visited Sizzler locally and looks forward to welcoming them to Ipswich’s first Taco Bell,” a spokesperson said.
Dates for the new Taco Bell restaurant on the site have not yet been confirmed, but the change is a sign of shifting consumer tastes.
“The Sizzler brand has been on a journey in recent years, undergoing a review of its offer, decor and positioning to better compete in an ever-evolving market place,” the spokesperson said.
“The Ipswich market has changed and grown a new generation of diners.”
The spokesperson said Collins had been working with managers and team members at Sizzler Ipswich to retain their skills and experience where possible.
Earlier this year, Ipswich City Council approved plans for the city’s first Taco Bell on the site currently occupied by Sizzler.
The new construction consists of a single storey building facing Brisbane Road with a drive thru facility sleeved behind the building.
The Taco Bell will be 250 square metres plus a 58 square metre outdoor dining area.
The drive thru will allow for queuing for 12 vehicles, with up to 10 employees expected to be on site at any one time.
It will be Collins Restaurants’ first Taco Bell in Ipswich and follows an announcement last year by the company that is would roll out “more than 50 new locations across three states over the next three years”.