"Fifteen years, that's a long time in this business," Smerdel told The Brazil Times.
But after Saturday, they won't seem him there again.
Smerdel -- who has owned the restaurant just shy of 15 years -- is selling the property.
"I will miss the people I've met," Smerdel said of running the restaurant. "I've had a lot of good memories. A lot of people have had tears in their eyes. It's pretty solemn."
Some of those memories include coaching several youngsters in both the Clay Youth League and the Clay Youth Football League.
Coaching is just one of the many ways Smerdel has been able to "give back to the community," he said.
"I really enjoyed doing that," he said.
Smerdel, originally from Indianapolis, was in construction before he and his wife Laura got into the food business.
Since coming to Brazil, Smerdel has offered plenty of food and drink at his establishment.
Smerdel's last day at the restaurant is Saturday. A farewell event has been scheduled for his family that evening. Festivities are expected to begin sometime around 6 p.m.
"It's going to be a really tough night for me," Smerdel said. "When we hung the banner (in front of the building on United States 40), the phone didn't stop ringing."
Smerdel said he has been looking at other locations to open another restaurant for quite a while.
A few months ago, he said he was approached by Northview High School teacher Jon Crooks and Clay County resident Mike Mayle about the possibility of selling the restaurant.
"I called them and everything just fell into place in the last months," Smerdel said.
Mayle and Crooks said they have plans to continue with a restaurant in the location, 101 E. National Ave., Brazil, but the bar and grill will have a sports-feel to it.
"We've been looking into going into business together," Crooks said. "It just kind of fell into place."
"This is a great opportunity," Mayle added. "We want to put a new thing in town."
Both Mayle and Crooks said there will be some changes to the building.
Mayle said sports memorabilia will hang on the walls, in addition to plenty of televisions and a jukebox. He added they are planning on putting in hardwood floors.
"It has a lot of potential," Mayle said.
"It will be a place where people can come and sit down and watch some games," Crooks added.
Crooks said the new sports bar and grill, tentatively called Coach and Cleater's Timeout Sports Bar and Grill, will cater to a healthy lifestyle. The building will be non-smoking and healthy foods will be on the menu, along with other food.
"We will have some of the old menu items," Mayle said, adding that a deck may be built in the back of the building where smoking might be allowed.
"It's still going to be family oriented," Crooks said. "But we're going to change it a little bit. (Smerdel) has a nice bar. He's done well for the community."
Regular patrons of Yesterday's will be happy to know some of the long-time associates within the business, including bartender Bev O'Neal, cook Karen John and waitresses Angela Coil and Tammy Wildman will stay on under the new management.
Those interested will be pleased to know Smerdel will be opening Yesterday's II in Plainfield sometime in June. The restaurant will be located at 120 N. Perry Rd., Plainfield, off U.S. 40.
"It will have the exact same menu and atmosphere," Smerdel said.
He also plans on helping the new owners with anything they may need.
"I'm not going to leave them in the dark," Smerdel said. "They've got some big plans."