After nearly a half-century of service, one of Sand Mountain's landmark seafood eateries is going out business.

On Tuesday, the Catfish Cabin announced it would be closing its doors for good on Sunday, Feb. 28, due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

"After 44 years of service to Albertville and the surrounding communities, Catfish Cabin has made the difficult decision to close its doors at the end of the business day on Sunday, Feb. 28," a representative of the restaurant said in statement to The Reporter. "The closure is a direct result of challenges facing the restaurant industry due to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"The loss of revenue combined with the continued rise in commodity prices of fish, poultry and other products led to the purely economic decision to close the restaurant. 

"It has been our privilege to be part of Albertville and the surrounding communities since 1977. Our guests travel from near and far to enjoy our famous coleslaw, hushpuppies and the best catfish in Alabama. We want to thank everyone for the many years of patronage and especially thank you all for the hundreds upon hundreds of heartfelt comments and personal family memories shared online since our announcement on Tuesday. 

"Our staff, from the newest team member to those who have been part of our family for many years, are the heart and soul of this restaurant. Each team member will be offered an opportunity within our company and we hope that they will remain part of our company for years to come." 

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