SACRAMENTO, CA - After 21 years under its current ownership, Ford's Real Hamburgers in Land Park fried up its last burger and sold its last milkshake Saturday night.
Owner Hank Vereschzagin's father Pete bought the business in 1991. Employees said a combination of factors led to the decision to close up shop. The poor economy, they said, was at the top of the list and then, in addition to that, the restaurant had recently been sued by ADA lawsuit attorney Scott Johnson.
Johnson is known for going after businesses not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and has sued some 2,000 of them.
Long time Ford's customer Jerry Sylvia who uses a wheelchair himself, said he tried to help Vereschzagin renovate the place.
"Put a parking place in the parking lot, no problem," said Sylvia, "make a table for the handicapped, no problem. Then you go to the restrooms and that alone was going to be about fifteen thousand dollars. There's no possible way he could do it."
Customers who stopped by Saturday night had no idea it was the last time they'd be able to buy one of the restaurant's award winning hamburgers.
One of those who did get a little advance notice was 17 year customer Speros Somkopoulos.
"I intended to come here next week," he said, "and I found out about the closing of the restaurant so I came today to get, I guess, the final burger on their final day. It's just sad. Very, very sad."
Attempts to reach attorney Scott Johnson for this story were not successful.
by Jonathan Mumm firstname.lastname@example.org