One of Anchorage’s two iconic Arctic Roadrunner hamburger restaurants will close this month, following the death of their longtime proprietor.

Lori Jones, manager of the Roadrunner’s Old Seward Highway restaurant, said the Arctic Boulevard location is set to shut its doors forever on Aug. 18. The decision comes after the June passing of founder Dick Sanchis at age 79, who had been fighting cancer.

“I think it really has to do with consolidating down to one business,” Jones said.

Although initial news reports suggested that employees had only learned of the closure this week, Jones said staff had “known for a while.”

“There was a lot going on with Richard's celebration of life that just happened on Sunday,” Jones said. “We thought we'd just give our customers some lead time on it.”

A sign espousing late Arctic Roadrunner Dick Sanchis' business policies, posted at the Old Seward Highway restaurant. (Credit: Courtesy Anne Sanchis)

Sanchis was known for posting messages embracing tolerance at the two restaurants, which were founded in 1964.

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