By Shereen Siewert

SCHOFIELD — A longtime Schofield eatery will close its doors this weekend, ending a more than 40-year run in the greater Wausau area.

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 508 Grand Ave., will officially close at 3 p.m. Sunday, according to Perkins spokeswoman Vivian Brooks.  Perkins operates roughly 30 restaurants in Wisconsin and about 400 in North America.

An unspecified number of employees will lose their jobs in Schofield but will be offered opportunities at the company’s Marshfield restaurant, officials said. Employees tell Wausau Pilot and Review they learned of the closure last week and say the company opted not to renew its lease.

The company has closed a handful of locations over the past year including restaurants in Rochester, Minn. In 2011, the company announced closures for 58 locations amid bankruptcy proceedings to allow for financial restructuring.

Perkins is an American casual dining restaurant chain open 24 hours a day.