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Miss Albany Diner closes doors for good

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An Albany icon is closing its doors. After more than 20 years in business, the Miss Albany Diner has closed. Frantic foodies packed in the retro diner Friday. Megan Cruz has more delicious details on the last day.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "It's pretty one of a kind," said Hillary Mislin.

"It's been a really special place," said Jeffrey Breen.

"It's one of the best breakfasts in the area," said Jerry Papandrea.

After 23 years of serving up their signature dishes, Miss Albany Dinner opened its doors Friday for the last time.

"I've done this for too long, definitely ready to stop doing it," said owner Jane Brown.

Formerly Lil's Diner, Jane and her late husband, Cliff, bought it in 1988. She never imagined it'd become such a staple in the community.

"It turned out way more than I ever imagined," said Brown. "And all I wanted was a tea room."

Miss Albany does serve tea, but so much more.

"These are the MAD Eggs and they're unbelievable," said Matthew Shiel.

"The Smoking Benny," said Meredith Haskins.

"Mr. Albany Eggs," said Breen.

"Unique creations you can't find anywhere else," said Papandrea.

But it's not just the food people will miss.

"It's just such a great place," said Breen. "Local, great food, great personalities."

"Just the loveliest people," said Michelle McClenaghan. "And always warm and friendly and they made it fun to come."

Brown said that's what she'll miss the most as well.

"The people," she said. "The different types of people, from all the different places they come from. That's what I've always loved."

Now Brown sold Miss Albany to it's next door neighbor Wolff's Biergarten. No word yet on what's the next step for the beloved establishment, but for Brown, she knows exactly what she's going to do.

"I want to travel," said Brown. "I have family all over the country and I want to see them. I'm a new great grandmother so I have to go see my new great grandson."

But before she gets on a plane, she's says she'll be passing on some family secrets.

"So many people are asking for the recipes and we have quite a few that we haven't had recently but have had through the years so we're going to see if we can come up with a cookbook," she said.

Great news for the Miss Albany fans, who say they don't know how they'll fill this void.

"That's a good question - I don't know!" said Shiel.

"I don't know!" said Alyssa McClenaghan.

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