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After 56 years, Whitey's kitchen is closed for good

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)-- Whitey's Restaurant has been a Wilmington trademark since it first opened in 1954. And after over five decades of business, the restaurant has decided to close it's doors permanently. Crowds of customers made their way to Whitey's on Sunday morning to get one last meal before the restaurant closed for good.

Whitey's served the community for 56 years; offering warm breakfast and lunch, endless coffee refills, and life long friends. Betty Brisson has been visiting Whitey's for over 50 years. She says there are many reasons why she has continued to come back. "The service is wonderful," says Brisson. "Everybody's always so welcoming, warm. They're just family. They're just family."

The iconic business will soon be replaced with a Walgreens. Owner Whitey Prevatte says he feels the decision to sell the restaurant is the best move for his business. "The highway department is going to take our dining room," says Prevatte. "We have an opportunity to build a Walgreens drug store so we feel it would be in our best interest to build that store."

Whitey says he is blessed, not only because of his business' success but by the amount of community support he has been given over the years. "I just want to thank everyone for their support for me and my family and friends," says Prevatte. "They've all been very nice. A lot of them have passed on, but we still remember them and their families and we want to thank everybody for everything they've done to keep our family and support out family, together."

One this is for sure, Whitey's will be greatly missed. "Every time I drive by, I'm sure I'll wish it were here but I guess it's time for it to go," says Brisson. "Really, it's a historic landmark that I wish could stay forever."

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I am the grand daughter of one of the ladies who worked for Whiteys. I grew up in that place and it was a wonderful way to spend the afternoons after school. I will always remember cleaning the tables and helping wrap the silverware. I spent many years swimming in the pool at the hotel. Uncle Whitey is the nicest man I have ever met. I have known his family my whole life. They are the nicest people you could know. I will miss this place very much. It will not be the same on that corner. God Bless Uncle Whitey and his family.

When I read this article, I

When I read this article, I would not believe it. The reality is just now hitting me. I went once a couple years ago, and when I went back to Wilmington a year ago, i ate there again. I am very sad to see this remarkable restaurant go. God bless you and your family, and have many more memories with Whitey.

So Sad

I am sad to see Whitey's go. I moved here 10 years ago and found it to be the best breakfast ANYWHERE between the food and services NO ONE could beat Whitey's.

Maybe they will put a breakfast counter inside the Walgreens.

R.I.P. Whitey's Restaurant and good luck to Whitey Prevatte.

Thank you Whitey!

Lot's of great years! A Wilmington icon. Another big change. Another Walgreens...nuff said.