LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – One of the last of the old style diners is serving its last meal.
Lone Star Charlie's has been in business in Lufkin for more than 30 years and is now closing because TXDOT needs the land to build an overpass.
It has served as a popular hot spot for travelers looking for a hot meal or simply a cup of hot coffee. It has also been a popular meeting place for local movers and shakers, as well as, folks just looking for a piece of nostalgia.
The property is being seized under eminent domain which is "the power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or private person or corporation authorized to exercise functions of public character."
The Fifth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution requires the government to provide just compensation to the owner.
The owners of Lone Star Charlie's say although they are getting paid for the land, that money is not going to replace the good times they shared, or the memories they have, with customers at Lone Star Charlie's on Loop 287.
The restaurant is open until 10 pm. The owners are spending Sunday serving their customers and then they will start the search for a new location.