The end is near for original Red Robin on Eastlake; it closes tonight

They’re down to the last few hours at the Eastlake Red Robin, the chain’s original location. The restaurant closes tonight for the last time.

Staff at the restaurant at Eastlake E. and Fuhrman E. say that after several very busy weeks since the closure was announced, it’s been quieter today. I was there around 4:45 p.m. and you wouldn’t have had a problem getting a table.

That situation may not hold as the closing at 10 p.m. gets closer tonight. One staff member said people have been calling, asking about getting in for one last meal.

The staff will get together one last time after they close up tonight and go out to mark the event. Many of them will be transferred to other Red Robins in the area.

Anne Marie Kriedler, the building’s owner, said yesterday that she’s negotiating with a new operator to take over the space and possibly run it as a sports bar. No deal has been signed, however.

The Red Robin has occupied the builiding, which was built in 1916, since 1969. Red Robin said the building needed a big investment to make it more efficient for the restaurant and more comfortable for guests.