Posted By: Camila Orti
Hundreds of hungry locals packed the iconic Tastee In and Out restaurant for one last taste before it closes its doors.
So many people showed up for Saturday's lunch rush that the diner ran out of food in less than three hours.
For many Lincoln natives, Tastee's is a landmark.
"We just expected it to be here forever," customer Pat Zink said.
Lincoln's first drive–thru restaurant has been serving famous Tastee sandwiches and onion chips since 1948. But as some say, all good things must come to an end.
On January 5th, the restaurant is shutting down, but not before customers send it out with a bang.
Saturday diners packed the dining room and backed up the drive-thru to get one last meal.
"[I order] the loose meat sandwich with the mustard and pickle and the onion rings, and I don't think I've ever ordered anything else," Zink said.
She says she's been coming to Tastee's since she was a kid.
"We'd come over here and sit under the canopy to eat and it was such a treat," Zink said.
Like many others, Zink says she just had to say goodbye.
Staff and customers agree they've never seen the restaurant so busy. Some customers said they waited more than an hour to get their food.
Cashier Tom Meahan says the rush was exhilarating.
"You know it's great, everyone in Lincoln is going to send us out with a big bang, but I just wish there could've been a little more support through the whole year," Meahan said.
He's been working at Tastee's for nine years, and says his last few days will be tough.
"I'm like family here, we have employees that worked here 15, 20 years so it's going to be very hard to see this go," Meahan said.
Meahan says lack of business over the years and an outdated building are partially to blame for the close.
Restaurant staff are advising everyone to arrive early for Tastee's last few days.