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It's the Last Day for the Varsity Jr.

ATLANTA -- After 45 years in business, Sunday is the last day for the Varsity Jr. on Lindbergh Drive.

It's closing and moving because of a zoning dispute with the city of Atlanta.

"It's sad," said customer Robin Kempf. "But what are you going to do? That's the city of Atlanta."

The restaurant was packed on Saturday with loyal customers eager to place their final order of chili dogs and onion rings. They also wanted a chance to say "goodbye."

Elaine Beavers started going to the Varsity Jr. when she was 15 years old.

"After church, it was like a special thing, like a treat, coming over here and getting a good hot dog," Beavers said.

Her husband remembers going to the Varsity Jr. after football games at Druid Hills High School.

The restaurant will close on Sunday at 10 p.m. and eventually reopen in Dawsonville near the outlet shopping center.

Owner Gordon Muir said he couldn't reach agreement with city officials over plans to rebuild.

Muir wanted to build a new restaurant with a playground, drive-thru, and green space.

But the city would only issue a permit for one driveway.

After months of negotiations, the two sides failed to reach an agreement.

Muir is the son of Nancy Gordy Simms, the daughter of Frank Gordy, the founder of The Varsity.