On Monday at about 1 p.m., much of the lunch crowd -- which Anna Pollitt said can reach 90 customers -- had left, and about 10 people sat eating quietly.
Regular customers Jennifer Marrs and Siobhan Gearhart, who work across the street from the diner, said over salads Monday that they were devastated after seeing the sign taped on the door announcing the March 29 closure.
"It's raining and I asked [Jennifer] where we should go for lunch and we just came here. We were just here Friday," Gearhart said.
"It's really upsetting. We want to find Anna and see what's going on," Marrs said. "It seemed like it was always crowded."
The women wondered if the closing had anything to do with chef Tony Henderson's departure.
Lisa Pollitt said Henderson left in December but that him leaving didn't have anything to do with the restaurant closing. She said other employees had "carried the torch."
Besides not being able to survive on earnings from the lunch crowd, Anna Pollitt said the city of Charleston hasn't offered much support.
"Just in the last week, five cars were towed from the parking lot next door. Plus, the meter maid goes around every five minutes and catches everybody who is one second over," she said, noting people often think the adjacent parking lot belongs to the diner.
"I'm just frustrated with every aspect of it."
There aren't any immediate plans for what will happen to the space, but she said she's not in any rush to sell it.
"I'll see if we have any interest. We don't have to sell right away, we're not in financial trouble -- it's just time to move on," she said. "I'm a grandmother; I'm approaching 62 years old. I've got a lot of other things, a lot of other projects to get into."Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.