Published Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 | 4:14 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 | 8:45 p.m.
Du-Par’s restaurant at the Golden Gate in downtown Las Vegas abruptly closed its doors Tuesday evening, hours before it was expected to.
By 6:30 p.m., black curtains concealed the entrance and a sign announced the location's closure, even though earlier in the afternoon Golden Gate officials had said it would close at midnight due to "financial reasons."
It wasn't immediately clear what hastened the closure or what time it occurred.
"A leased tenant of the historic hotel, Du-Par's had struggled with payments over an extended period of time," Golden Gate said in a statement. Officials are evaluating the restaurant space and haven't announced new plans.
Regulars of Du-Par's, which is best known for its diner-style food, including its pancakes, can still visit its other Las Vegas locations, inside the Suncoast in the west valley. The chain has four locations in California, where it was founded in 1938.
The Golden Gate site had been operating since 2010, and the Suncoast location opened last year.