Time has finally run out on the Norcross Station Café in downtown historic Norcross.
"It's coming to an end," Owner Ken Weatherford said.
After 20 years in the community, the city has told the restaurant they have to move out by the end of the year and make room for a new tenant.
"We weren't the highest bidder, so they awarded our lease to someone else," Weatherford told customers.
Weatherford spread the word to his customers Friday much to their surprise.
"I just think that somebody that has been in a place for a long time, there are certain things that become traditions and I think that's what keeps an area together," Customer Kirk Morton said.
"That's not a change that we want to see happen in our city," Customer Diana O'Connell said.
Weatherford decided to donate his train memorabilia to the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth.
"We're really thrilled to have those types of things and it adds to our collection that we already have," John Pollack with the Southeastern Railway Museum said.
The next stop for the Norcross Station Café will be two miles up the road on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard where the owner plans to open a similar restaurant at a new location.
"The name is going to be McKenzie's, which is naming it after my only daughter," Weatherford said.
The Norcross Station Cafe will officially close its doors Saturday night, but they have a legal battle ahead of them. An attorney representing the city sent the café a letter this week demanding they make upgrades to the facility before the end of the year or pay $50,000.
Weatherford and the city attorney will meet after Christmas to resolve the issue.
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