A culinary institution in San Jose announced that it was abruptly going out of business.
Harry's Hofbrau, the home of heaping portions of comfort food and celebrated sandwiches for 42 years, will close for good on Tuesday.
The restaurant's management only announced the impending closure on Monday
But word spread quickly among its devoted customers who turned out in huge numbers to order favorites like turkey wings with mashed potatoes and gravy or prime rib sandwiches.
"Shocked is an understatement, because I thought they were going to stay around," said Avis, who didn't give her last name. "Look at this celebration of Harry's with this line. This is a testimony to how they are an icon."
In a message at the restaurant and on their website, Harry's managers said that they had lost their lease so the property can be redeveloped.
"We are closing this location because the years have taken its toll on the facility and plans have begun for re-development of the site with the City of San Jose and potential investors," said the message. "Thank you for your patronage and loyalty throughout the years. Our success is only because of you and our hard-working staff."
Harry's Hofbrau has locations in San Leandro and Redwood City that remain open.