Husband and wife Anne and Bill Kirkham opened the meat-and-three, which also served a variety of breakfast offerings and homemade desserts, in 1974. Anne and Bill’s changed locations several times, with four generations of the Kirkham family helping out at the restaurant.
"The restaurant business is in this family's blood, I guess," Anne said in a 1996 AJC article. "Bill had been in it since he was 18 years old. He learned to cook and he learned the business end from several uncles. But we didn't feel that we could afford to open our own place until our five children were almost grown."
Anne, who died in 2005, was known for befriending customers, some of whom had been patronizing the eatery for decades. Bill died in 2017.
The closure announcement garnered nearly 600 comments on Facebook, with many longtime customers sharing memories.
The restaurant is the latest in a growing list of food and beverage establishments to close their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Other recent closures include Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine on Buford Highway, the Sandy Springs location of Cafe Sunflower and Blaxican in Peachtree Corners.
The AJC has reached out to restaurant ownership for comment.