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Old Fashion Hot Dogs in Cleveland to close down after 92 years in business

The co-owner tells 3News the property was bought out by a developer, who plans to build an apartment complex at the location.
Credit: Old Fashion Hot Dogs

CLEVELAND — Nearly a century after it first opened, a Cleveland food staple is about to shut its doors for the last time.

Old Fashion Hot Dogs on Lorain Avenue announced Wednesday it will close down for good on March 29. Co-owner Tom Sorma later spoke with 3News, and confirmed a developer had bought the property and will tear it down to make room for a new apartment complex.

"Obviously, there are mixed emotions." Sorma said, adding he plans to retire. "We had a good run."

Although the spot was originally founded back in 1928, Sorma and his family bought it in 1987. Throughout its run, its been a community staple, offering classic hot dogs and chili dogs for relatively affordable prices.

"That diner fed any walk of life at any time of day... and night," Sorma family member Kaleena Rose wrote on Facebook. "A place where my moms warm smile welcomed you, my uncles harsh tone sobered you up a bit, and my dad's timeless charm had you hooked. Knowing you were somewhere special."

As of now, business goes on as usual. Sorma says business has actually been booming since the announcement was made.