Last night, Ferch’s owner Betty Ferchoff announced the retro malt shop and restaurant’s flagship location will be closing for good following service on Saturday, October 10. Established in 1987, the restaurant—located at 5636 Broad St. in the southwestern Milwaukee suburb of Greendale—has been serving up American classics like burgers, hot dogs, shakes, malts, and “over one million custard flavors” for more than 30 years.

In the Facebook announcement, Ferchoff explained her decision to close the restaurant came because the restaurant’s lease was up and because she wanted to join her husband, Dale, in retirement.

We have been blessed to meet and work with so many wonderful people throughout the years,” Ferchoff says. “Now onto the next chapter of our lives.”

The Greendale location will be open this week, including 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours on Saturday, its last day in business. So if you want to pay your last respects to a suburban staple, head to Ferch’s in Greendale while you can. If you can’t make it this week (or you’re taking this closure especially hard), there is some good news.

Ferchoff says Ferch’s Beachside stand at Grant Park Beach in South Milwaukee and Ferch’s Crafthouse Grille in Wauwatosa will remain open. Read the full announcement below.

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