HARPER, Kan -

It's the end of an era for a staple in Harper County.

The Country Creamery will be closing its doors Sunday after serving the Harper County Community for more than 40 years.

Kimberly Konkel, the owners' daughter, said customers have suggested most of the restaurant items.

"We'll put it on the menu and it goes," Kimberly said.

The Country Creamery, located at 123 E. 14th St. in Harper, has been a country, family-family restaurant for decades. Jim and Mary Ellen Konkel, who turned the former gas station into a restaurant, opened the eatery in 1973.

"It's going to be a big vacancy in this town," said customer Andrea Slaughter.

The family dining restaurant is family-owned too. Kimberly Konkel, the owners' daughter, is going to be looking for her first job since her parents started the business.

"I've never been unemployed since I was 10 years old," Kimberly said. "I've never had more than a week off. And I'm going to be unemployed with no job." 

Kimberly said the economy and her parent's health helped them make their decision to put themselves first this time, and retire.

"I just want to thank everybody who's ever stopped in at the Creamery," she said. "It's been a pleasure serving everybody."