Silver Spurs, a diner that has been a staple in Greenwich village for decades, is closing its doors. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Silver Spurs restaurant on Broadway closes this weekend after 34 years in business.
Edgar Pilloves, the manager, started working there 20 years ago.
"It was a small, we had just half of the size we're at now," he said.
He's watched the restaurant change.
"Most of the workers used to be Greeks," he said. "Now, we're mixed, Mexican, all nationalities."
He's also seen the neighborhood develop.
"Now, it's more students," he said. "Before, it used to be different."
It's a family-owned neighborhood joint that's employed sons, daughters and countless cousins of the owners.
"I've been coming to work here since I was maybe two years old. My dad's was taking me to work here," said Anna Pirgousas, the daughter of the owner. "I'm 25 now, and I have so many memories here."
It's a place where the burgers aren't the only things that sizzle. Silver Spurs employees kicked up some romance.
"I met my husband here over 15 years ago, and we have our beautiful 9-year-old," said one person. "I had to come back."
The year was 1979. Rod Stewart topped the charts, the city lost Yankee great Thurmon Munson, and the cult gang classic "The Warriors" was on the big screen.
This gang knows life will go on. Their lease is up, and the owner of the building upped the rent.
Pilloves: The most sad of my past 20 years. Of course it is.
Pilloves said that he's trying to stay positive and may try to open up his own restaurant.
Customers said that the restaurant has become part of their lives.
"I almost cried, actually," said one person. "It was very sad."
"It's home, and we're all heartbroken," said another.
For upset customers, there is another Silver Spurs restaurant a short distance away, and the owners have a deli down the block from the original location.