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Lyric Hot Dogs & Grill closing after 56 years

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On the last day of the year, people said good-bye to a well-known Birmingham eatery. Lyric Hotdogs & Grill on Third Avenue North closed its doors after 56 years.

"Three Hot dogs, a chili dog and a Hamburger."

Order after order. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot dogs today."

Dishing out dogs while holding back the tears. Owner Andrew Collins says, "We're ending an era I guess you can say."

Hundreds of customers had to grab just one last bite at Lyric Hot Dogs & Grill.

Collins says, "Makes you feel pretty good. They're thinking about you. A lot of them are new and never been here before. they came to be here on the last day."

After 56 years - the restaurant's lease was not renewed. The space is expected to be part of the Lyric Theatre Restoration. "Hopefully we're leaving for a good reason, something will be done instead of another empty building sitting around for 2 years."
 
Collins started working for his father's hot dog business when he was 13. The place has meant a lot to people over the years.

Customer, Tennyson Thomas, says "People are use to coming here. It's a family place, a great environment and to see it go, it's heartbreaking."

"It's bitter sweet." Jennifer Armstrong says  it will be strange not to be open weekends next year. They always served people following recitals at the Alabama Theatre. "All of a sudden, we have free weekends for the next four months, don't know what that's like."

After selling out of just about everything, it was time to close for good around 4 o'clock. A long time fixture in downtown Birmingham - now just a tasty memory. "2014 is going to be a whole new chapter."

Collins says he didn't want to relocate because of the expense. But he has started a new adventure. He's opened a bar on Second Avenue North called "The Collins."

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