After more than 50 years in business, one of an iconic Anchorage hamburger restaurant’s two locations is flipping its final slider Saturday.

The Arctic Roadrunner location on Arctic Boulevard is closing its doors after the June death of owner Dick Sanchis at the age of 79. Staff announced their decision to consolidate at one location in August.

On Saturday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was among the people stopping by the restaurant for a last burger and shake.

For former employee Tom Kent, also a returning customer, the restaurant’s memories are even more personal.

"This is where my wife and I met back in 1975, 76, 77 – we both worked here, then we ended up getting married in 1980 from that,” Kent said. “It's been our first place we met and everything; it's been a pretty cool place."

Arctic Roadrunner’s other location, on the Old Seward Highway just south of International Airport Road, will remain open. The chain was founded in 1964.

Nick Swann contributed information to this story.

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