Cougar Country Drive-In to reopen under new ownership
PULLMAN, Wash. — Cougar Country Drive-In is back, baby!
The Pullman staple closed its door earlier this year, but has found a new owner. On Monday, the owners of Zoe Coffeehouse and Pub announced they are taking over Cougar Country in a Facebook post.
News spread fast when the drive-in closed in February. At first, the former owner, Rhonda Witt-Miller, told 4 News Now the restaurant was not closing, despite several employees saying otherwise. Soon after, Witt-Miller confirmed doors were closing on Facebook.
Her post said “I take full responsibility for this… it IS my business and I should have been aware of what was happening, especially to employees!”
Witt-Miller admitted to 4 News Now that employees were asked not to cash their paychecks because they would likely not clear. She also said she needed to secure extra financing before they could pay a major supplier. She promised all employees she would “make this right.”
The new owners have not set an exact date, but hope to have the restaurant back open in a few weeks.
The restaurant has been in business in Pullman since 1973 and is a favorite of Pullman locals, WSU students and Cougar fans.
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