ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KPLR) - After 23 years, Gingham's family restaurant near Lindbergh and Lemay Ferry across from the South County Mall, closed its doors, Sunday at 3 p.m.
The place was packed with customers on the final day of business.
Customers said they had to have the famous pancakes or "Country Club Omelet" one last time.
Gingham's had about 15 workers at closing, down from a high of more than 65 years ago, said owner, Jack Pieschel.
He said the restaurant was not closing because of lack of business. He said the property owner was forcing him out to make way for a new Starbucks and a Sleep Number bed store.
Though people raved about the food, Pieschel and his customers said the people, more than the food, made Gingham's special.
Pieschel said he might reopen at another location but had no imminent plans to do so.