GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Friday was the next-to-last day to eat at a Greensboro institution that's been open since 1952.
Green's Supper Club on Highway 29 north is closing its doors for good after midnight Saturday. Kathy and Tom Baynes bought the restaurant about 10 years ago after the original owner died.
The restaurant, known for music and dancing as well as its oyster bar, did very well until the recession hit.
"Most people are sitting at home because of the gas, and I understand where they are coming from. But I can't keep something open if nobody's in here," Kathy Baynes said.
Green's went into foreclosure in December. The bank agreed to lease it back to the Baynes, but Kathy said they couldn't agree on the monthly payments.
"We didn't want it to go away. We tried to save it. We did for a while," Kathy said.
Sandra Smith said she has been going to Green's for 45 years, sometimes as much as five times a week.
"If I had to work, we'd meet here after work. My children thought Green's hamburgers were the best in the world, and they grew up here," Smith said. "It's going to be a heartbreaking thing for me. I don't know what we'll do, but we'll miss Tom and Kathy more than anything I think."
"Wherever my friends migrate to, it won't ever be the same as Green's. I'm going to miss Green's, no question about it," said another regular.
Green's will be open Saturday at 4. There will be a limited menu, but they will have prime rib and steamed oysters. All sales will be cash only.