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After 74 Years Of Business, Famed Prime Burger Set To Close Its Doors For Good

Prime Burger is closing on Saturday, May 26, 2012 after 74 years at 5 East 51st Street. (credit: Google Maps)

Prime Burger is closing on Saturday, May 26, 2012 after 74 years at 5 East 51st Street. (credit: Google Maps)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A piece of classic New York closed on Saturday.

The Prime Burger restaurant — across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on E. 51st Street — has been around since 1964. Prior to that, the establishment was called Hamburger Heaven, which opened in 1938.  So for the past 74 years, New Yorkers could always get a delectable burger at that prime location.

53-year-old John DiMiceli owns Prime Burger, and he acknowledges that it will be sad closing the restaurant’s doors.

“[I'm going to miss] the customers, the many friendships and relationships that I’ve made here, and the men, the crew that work with me every day,” DiMiceli told 1010 WINS. “I was 17 when I started here, so it’s really all I know. I’m going to miss everything about this.”

DiMiceli said that the current landlord has a new plan for the property, and that it doesn’t include burgers.

New Yorkers, do you have fond memories of going to Prime Burger? Share your stories and comments in the section below…