DESTIN — A large "lease" sign rests in front of the now empty building where Asiago's Skillet served hot breakfast just this weekend.
The local eatery, popular for its array of skillet-prepared dishes, closed quietly at its Destin location on Harbor Boulevard Sunday.
There were no signs announcing the restaurant's closure. By Wednesday, though, the restaurant had been emptied of all tables, chairs and decor.
The reason for the closure, according to Asiago's Skillet staff, is private and will not be released.
"We're deciding not to say anything right now," said Amanda Erickson, manager of Asiago's Skillet on Okaloosa Island.
Erickson said the original location on the island will remain open.
The Destin Asiago's Skillet opened in June 2016. Owner Jessica Young, according to an article written when the Destin restaurant first opened, decided to expand the business after her first location on the island blossomed.
Young passed away in October at the age of 39 from cancer, according to her obituary. Property owner Claude Perry of the Harbor Boulevard building said the restaurant closed because of the owner's death.
Asiago's Skillet, including the former Destin location, is known for its early hours (midnight to noon), southern breakfast offerings and large portions.
King of the Biscuits, a $9.99 dish with two biscuits topped with gravy, ham, sausage, bacon, two scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese, is one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Other dishes include $10.99 banana foster french toast, $11.99 steak omelet and a $10.99 shrimp and grits skillet.