I had no intention of being the final diner at Tiffin Inn, the landmark Metairie restaurant that closed for business at midnight on Sunday June 1st 2015.

Tiffin Inn In Metairie Louisiana

Tiffin Inn In Metairie Louisiana

But I got turned around on Veterans Highway and ended up walking in with only 5 minutes left to spare before they closed their doors forever.

Menu From Tiffin Inn In Metairie Louisiana

Menu From Tiffin Inn In Metairie Louisiana

“We close in 5 minutes” I am archly informed by the cashier.

Tiffin Inn Is Beautifully Maintained

Tiffin Inn Is Beautifully Maintained

“I know and I apologize but I drove from the Bywater and got turned around trying to get here.”

Tiffin Inn Moments Before Being Shuttered

Tiffin Inn Moments Before Being Shuttered

I spy a silver haired man sitting at a booth nearby. “Are you a regular?”

He looks surprised. “Nah, I own the place”

Ginger A Regular Patron At Tiffin Inn

Ginger A Regular Patron At Tiffin Inn

Back when Moses was young, Saleem Sabagh immigrated from Lebanon to attend college in Hammond, Louisiana. The then-young entrepreneur started Tiffin Inn which quickly morphed into a chain featuring 15 restaurants. “I had a Tiffin Inn in Chattanooga” Mr Sabagh explained to me. I ask him if he knows the Zarzours, another Lebanese family who run the eponymous restaurant in the city.

The cashier walks over “your food is ready”

The Final Plate Of Pancakes To Ever Be Served At Tiffin Inn

The Final Plate Of Pancakes To Ever Be Served At Tiffin Inn

I can tell she wants to hurl the plate at me so I attend to my pancakes.

They’re fine. Billed as silver dollars they’re actually about 4″ across and have spent the appropriate amount of time on the griddle.

Tiffin Inn Metairie

Tiffin Inn Metairie

Patrons are walking around taking pictures of the walls and hugging the lone waitress.

It’s an emotional scene.

Ralph Long Time Tiffin Inn Cook

Ralph Long Time Tiffin Inn Cook

I finish my plate and make my way to the door. Mr Sabagh and the rest of us all walk into the parking lot. Everyone starts lamenting the changes that have come to Metairie that have forced the closure of the lone remaining Tiffin Inn.

Restaurateur Saleem Sabagh

Restaurateur Saleem Sabagh

I wheel out of the parking lot as Mr Sabagh fires an enormous briar and exhales a giant cloud of pipe smoke.

As I turn on to Veterans Blvd he’s staring at the sign towering above his old restaurant.

Saleem Sabagh

Saleem Sabagh

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