Say It Ain’t So: San Diego Staple Albie's Beef Inn to Close in December
San Diego citizens are in mourning after it was announced earlier this week that their beloved Albie’s Beef Inn will close in December of this year. The lounge/piano bar/restaurant opened more than 50 years ago, back in 1962, and sits in the parking lot of a Travelodge next to the also doomed Adam’s Steak ‘N Eggs.
Albie’s is known for the nude paintings of former airline stewardesses that hang on the wood-paneled walls, as well as their Southern-style chicken fried steak and candied carrots. Ted Samouris, the owner of the restaurant for the past 27 years, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he’s been in negotiations with the lot’s landlord for eight months and that a last-minute deal is highly unlikely.
Saddened loyal regulars have started an online petition that they will present to the landlord, who is planning a multi-million dollar renovation of the Travelodge and surrounding property.