Owner Linda Todd (no way to verify it is her, but sure looks like it is) went to Urbanspoon to write the reason why in a review titled "Shame on you." Her statement pretty much blames everyone else such as her 'worthless employees' for her closing the restaurant and says she looks forward to having some free time for her 'kids and grandkids.' Read the full review below:
"For all you haters of The Whistle Stop Restaurant in Hot Springs ...you won't be able to write ugly reviews anymore cause I (CLOSED) the doors ....I got tired of working 7 days a week and you didn't appreciate it...Worthless employees didn't show up and didn't bother to call in and they go out and talk about you behind your back....but you know who they call when they are in jail or need money ...
Maybe you should all go out and put in your own restaurant and then people will complain about you cause nothing you do is ever good enough for people.... you are the biggest whiners in the world....go anywhere in town and see if you can eat good food for 8.00 for lunch and 11.00 for diner ..
I am glad to close the doors maybe I can have a life just like you do...I can spend time with my kids and grandkids instead of being up there working my A.....off cooking for you while you are enjoying you family,
I feel sorry for all you people that only think of yourselves and never anyone else and complain all the time...shame on you for being such unhappy people
Are you surprised at all with the closing of the Whistle Stop? I am not too surprised.