Elmo’s Diner and City Kitchen, two Chapel Hill-Carrboro restaurants that had temporarily closed in response to the pandemic, announced last week their decisions to permanently close.
Elmo’s Diner, located on 200 N. Greensboro St., officially released its plans to close on Sept. 18 via Facebook .
In the Facebook post, Elmo's said it made the decision after rumors of the diner closing spread on social media.
"We had not sold or made any decisions to permanently close when we were told of these rumors," the statement said. "In fact, we were still holding to a thread of hope though it was getting thinner and thinner with time passing... Ironically, the false rumors made us address the gravity of the situation and a need for more urgency in our decision making."
People who commented on the post ranged from members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community to UNC fans who visited Elmo’s when they came to Chapel Hill. Each expressed their sympathies, love for the food and nostalgic memories of the restaurant.
According to the Elmo's website, the diner was named after the main character in the movie "Made in Heaven." The website said the diner was inspired by Elmo's friendly and unpretentious qualities.
From its tomato soup to brunch foods and fries, Elmo’s Diner was a staple in the area and a common place where families brought their kids on a Saturday morning.
Elmo’s ensured kids were entertained by providing a duck named Elmo to color while waiting for their food. Over the years, the diner collected diverse designs such as Darth Vader and Harry Potter-themed ducks.