Munchies has shut its doors for good

What happened to Munchies on the Ashland Plaza? We went looking for lunch (and my favorite chocolate cake) the other day and it was gone. Please tell me it has just moved to a different location or is temporarily closed for remodeling.

— Gayle S.

It has just moved to a different location or is temporarily closed for remodeling. You told us to tell you that, Gayle, so we did. One small problem — it's not true.

Munchies closed up shop at the end of 2012. Owner Michael Cooke of Ashland cited increasing labor and food costs as the reasons for going under.

"The restaurant industry is a tough business," he told the Ashland Daily Tidings. "If we could have stayed open, we would have."

Munchies, known for its hand-cut fries, fresh burgers, hearty burritos, carrot cake and marionberry pie, opened in 1987. Cooke was the second owner, taking over eight years ago.

Jamie North, the owner of Mix Sweet Shop, told the Tidings she planned to expand into the empty space and begin wholesale baking. She said she would extend customer seating into the rear of the restaurant, where the baking is done now.

Don Comte is the owner of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows building, which housed Munchies. The brick structure, built in 1879, also is home to Black Sheep, Greenleaf Restaurant and FlowerTyme.

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