The city-owned restaurant at the Hesperia Golf Course & Country Club will serve its last lunch on Feb. 29 again.


"It is just no longer financially viable to operate at this point," said Brandon McAnulty with the Hesperia Recreation and Park District, which ran the facility for the city.


Legends on the Green had been closed by the course's previous owners prior to it being purchased by the city of Hesperia in 2010. It was reopened for business in August of that year, when the course and club were under the new management of the Hesperia Recreation and Park District.


"Since July 1, 2010 through December of 2011, there was a loss of $30,755.82," said Lindsay Woods, general manager of the park district.


The restaurant had served breakfast and lunch Tuesdays through Sundays, offering up a dining room, patio and lounge area.


The club's bar located in a separate room will not be affected by the closure, and the Legends room will be available to rent or for tournaments that want to pay for meal service.


"I think we should be in the recreation business and not the restaurant business," said park district board member Kelly Gregg. "It's probably in the best interests of the park district to operate a recreation facility and not a restaurant facility."


The closure will apparently only lead to one employee getting laid off.


"We only had five employees, three of them bartenders/servers. The bar is still open, so those positions are still safe," McAnulty said. A fourth employee is returning to a previously held job at the golf course.


"I think location, location, location is the major factor," McAnulty said, as the restaurant is located more than 8 miles from the freeway on the eastern edge of town.


If things change, McAnulty said the district will reanalyze the decision to close the restaurant.


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