Eater was truly saddened to hear that Albie's Beef Inn is ending its long and glorious run in San Diego. Open since 1962 in Mission Valley where it sits alongside Adam's Steak 'N Eggs in the parking lot of a Travelodge, the piano bar, lounge and restaurant has become dear to many San Diegans, ourselves included; see our Eater Scenes photo gallery and profile of longtime bartender Fred Graslie.
We spoke to the restaurant to confirm the December 23 shutter of both Albie's Beef Inn and Adam's Steak 'N Eggs, reportedly due to the Travelodge's new ownership which intends to remodel the entire property over the course of several months.
UPDATE: Owner Ted Samouris tells Eater that he tried to negotiate the lease with the new owners to no avail, and is currently considering alternate locations. For those who've asked about purchasing Albie's iconic nudie paintings, Samouris may hold onto the collection in case he relocates, but is currently adding names to a list of interested buyers. An online petition, posted at Change.org, has also been launched to save the historic landmark.