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Original Texadelphia closes doors for good

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Steps from the University of Texas is the Drag, what some revere as a microcosm of the city, Austin Hackbarth says the stretch of student-friendly shops and eateries is convenient and unique.

"You can get pretty much what you need off the Drag," he said. "For me, I like the smaller kind of ‘mom and pop’ places. I like it all."

But Friday was the last day for the original location of Texadelphia, now a city-wide chain of cheesesteak restaurants. It first opened on the Drag 32 years ago.

"I figured it would be more packed than this on the last day," UT student Matt Leornard said. "I think of the Drag as three or four places that I go to every time. Now, one of those three places is closing down."

The locally-owned feel is what attracted Marina Bublik away from her job with a major oil company two years ago to run what Texadelphia calls its “Mothership.”

"We are very grateful for the fact that we've been here for so long and survived so many years when so many businesses have been in and out of the Drag," Bublik said.

Bublik says investors took one look inside the restaurant and decided it's not worth renovating, despite its history.

Texadelphia's new owners have no plans to open a new location to replace the Drag restaurant.

Bublik says all of her employees have found new jobs.

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