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.