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"Our three children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild have also been involved in helping out."

For the first few years after the Tampions took over it was not uncommon for their kitchen to be running hot till 11pm during an era when Friday night shopping brought large crowds into the CBD.

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The Savoy building started life as a saddlery in the 1860s, serving that role till Prada Double Bag Small the 1930s when it became a clothing shop and later a carpet shop before the Frangos family opened a caf in 1959.

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"Customers are not just an order they are real people with lives and stories to tell.

LIFE in the Savoy Restaurant has changed little since it opened in 1959 basically the same decor, friendly service and home cooked menu.

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Their lease ends on July 13, exactly 29 years since they bought the business.

The couple operated the Thistle milk bar in Timor Street for five years before moving into the Savoy where Roslyn had worked as a cook and waitress.

But come Sunday afternoon all that will be history as Alan and Roslyn Tampion sadly serve their last cups of coffee and tea to loyal customers who have been part of their lives for the past three decades.

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"A lot of people don't come to the CBD because of parking issues," he said.

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"And when the pedestrian traffic lights were installed in Liebig Street many parking spaces were removed."

Alan Tampion cites parking as a major factor in the decline of Liebig Street as a retail hub.

They've made the agonising decision to call it quits in the face of a substantial rent rise and tough economy.

"I think free parking would help address the retail downturn as long as staff don't hog the spaces.

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"We felt it was better to go out than go under," they told The Standard.

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"The Savoy has been a meeting place for several generations and is even mentioned in eulogies.

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The Savoy closure follows an announcement by the Trotter family they would close The $2 Plus Shop in Liebig Street by September rather than sign up to a substantial rent increase.

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"The Savoy has been our life for seven days a week we'll find it hard to adapt to the change.

After their "end of an era" afternoon tea for customers on Sunday, the Tampions will embark on the emotional task of packing up their equipment and gallery of historical photographs adorning the walls.

Alan has been part of the Liebig Street scene for more than 50 years since he joined the staff at Moran and Cato grocery store in 1962 and in the food industry since he left school at the age of 14.

"About the only things we changed were the tables and chairs," they said.

two hour parks now there are meters.

"We'd be full at 9pm and there were very long hours seven days a week, but we enjoyed every moment," they said.

"We've met marvellous people who have become close friends."

It will give them the chance for their first holiday in 30 years.

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