The announcement came late Monday night on Facebook, after more than 20 years Dixie Quicks would be closing for good.
The restaurant's last day of business will be Jan. 21, and a later post indicated they won't be taking reservations for the days in between.
"A friend of mine sent me the link because she knew that I loved it here," customer Amanda Redlinger said. "I was pretty shocked."
"They've always been so warm and welcoming," said Holly Griesemer, another customer. "We've had special moments here."
The restaurant and art gallery has been in business since 1996, beginning with just 10 tables at its Omaha location at 15th and Dodge streets. It moved to a spot off Leavenworth before relocating to its home on West Broadway in Council Bluffs.
Dixie Quicks was one of the first restaurants in the city to serve brunch and became known for co-owner Rene Orduna's Mexican dishes. The restaurant and art gallery features a tribute to Orduna, who died in November 2016 of cancer of the kidneys.
The restaurant will be remembered for as a place for all types of people.
"It's really quirky here, really unique," Redlinger said. "I like looking at the decor because you catch something new every time you're here."