SAN DIEGO - The new year will mean the end of an era for one of the Gaslamp Quarter's most iconic restaurants.
The place named for famous folk singer Jim Croce will shut its doors on Fifth Avenue and F Street for the last time after 30 years.
Ingrid Croce told 10News most of her Tuesday night has been tied up in hugs. After three decades, her beloved restaurant will serve its last dish in the Gaslamp.
"It's family here," she said. "This is community. That's what we're about."
She opened the place to honor her late husband Jim Croce. He was a famous folk singer and just five days before he died in a plane crash, he had his last dinner out on the corner at Fifth Avenue and F Street with Ingrid, back when the Gaslamp was a mere shadow of what it is today.
"It's grown exponentially," she said. "It's so big, it's unbelievable."
Ingrid says she has always been interested in taking Croce's to new neighborhoods. After contract negotiations with building owner failed, the time was right.
"I feel very, very blessed that I get this chance to do exactly what I love to do," Ingrid said.
Croce's will open its new location in Bankers Hill next month.