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As Panos closes, customers wonder about future of independent diners

The Panos brothers have operated the restaurant since 1957. The Panos brothers have operated the restaurant since 1957.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Some say it's a sign of the times that Panos' Diner will be turned into an apartment complex in downtown Shreveport.

For the customers, they are being forced to say 'Hello' to a new type of downtown.

For the past 38 years, the Panos brothers, Andrew and Chris, have made the diner a place where working classes could grab a meal.

"It's been an institution for everyone who works downtown," says customer William Johnston. "We need more restaurants like this."

As people say goodbye to the food, the Panos brothers will be saying hello to a new life -- of retirement.

"My brother and I are retiring. Mother Nature and Father Time don't wait anymore," owner Andrew Panos says.

"It's sad for me."

"At times I may not have had money, but they would feed me. They are good people," one customer says.

These customers are now left to wonder about where they will turn for a friendly smile and a good meal when the mom and pop shops close their doors.

With Panos closing, there are now a total of 27 restaurants in the downtown district. The building has been sold, and the plans are to combine the restaurant with the Johnson Building to make luxury units.

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