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43 years of history: Southern Restaurant closes in Red Bank

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RED BANK, TN (WRCB) -- A popular Red Bank restaurant closed its doors Saturday after 43 years as a community staple.

Around 20 workers at the Southern Restaurant tearfully served the last orders, saying goodbye to their faithful customers

They say the owner is shutting the restaurant down for financial reasons.

"I hated to hear it. I don't know where I'm going to go now," longtime customer Dean Minton said.

"I'm just sad," longtime customer Tom Weathers said.

"It's a horrible loss to the whole community," longtime customer Cecil Linnie Perkins said.

"These people that come in here, they're not customers, they're family to me," waitress Carla Myers said.

"I had a customer tell me the other day-- this is Red Bank," waitress Sharon Miller said.

"Me and all the guys would come here for our pre-game meal-- you remember that?" Weathers said.

"They have good country food!" Minton said.

"On Tuesday nights they have the butter beans and the yams," Perkins said.

"A couple even met here and got married. I gave him her ticket by mistake and they ended up talking and getting married," waitress Irene Hankins said.

"I've worked at a lot of restaurants but this one here's been the most warm loving family restaurant I've ever worked in and I hate to see it go," Myers said.

After 26 years of working at Southern Restaurant, waitress Kim Hankins says she filled out a loan application on Friday to try to buy the restaurant and take over it herself.

"Don't give up. I'm trying to save it. I'm trying to get a loan to buy it. I just hate to see it close," waitress Kim Hankins said.

"I hope and pray she does," Miller said.

She doesn't know when she'll hear back on if she's approved, but says, if she is, she'll re-open as soon as possible to keep the tradition going.

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