This time of year it's normal for Diane Kirchberger and her husband Art to start closing down Reid's, the Elmwood Avenue hot dog stand they've run for 48 years.
This spring they're not going to reopen. When February comes and they don't get ready to order the first cases of frankfurters, maybe then it will sink in.
Reid's on Elmwood is closed, selling its last links Nov. 13.
The stand, at 2800 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda, has served generations of neighbors. Some nights she looks out the windows and sees four generations of Reid's customers at one table, enjoying their shakes, fries, burgers and family time.
"I'm going to miss everybody, but the families that have that four generation thing, or finding out that families were related to each other, things like that, I'll miss that."
She started working at Reid's as a teenager. "It's been a huge part of my life, and of my kids, who have been in there practically since they were born. It's bittersweet."
The place, on the market for four years, has been listed with another realtor.
She has her insurance license and plans to get a job. Her husband, 81, "will be taking it easy," she said. "He just needs to stop and enjoy for a little while."
That's the plan, anyway, she said. "Hopefully that will work out for both of us."
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