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Legendary Moultrie restaurant is closing

Customer Roscoe Stallings gives owner Patsy Dalton Akridge a hug.  Dalton's Chicken will be closing tomorrow bringing a legacy of more than 50 years of Dalton eateries to an end. Customer Roscoe Stallings gives owner Patsy Dalton Akridge a hug. Dalton's Chicken will be closing tomorrow bringing a legacy of more than 50 years of Dalton eateries to an end.
The parking lot at Dalton's Chicken was always packed at lunch time. The parking lot at Dalton's Chicken was always packed at lunch time.
A server brings plates of food to hungry lunch time customers at Dalton's Chicken in Moultrie.  The fired gizzards on the white plate are a local favorite. A server brings plates of food to hungry lunch time customers at Dalton's Chicken in Moultrie. The fired gizzards on the white plate are a local favorite.
Patsy Dalton Akridge has been in the restaurant business in Moultrie for more than 50 years.  She's planning on traveling after she retires tomorrow. Patsy Dalton Akridge has been in the restaurant business in Moultrie for more than 50 years. She's planning on traveling after she retires tomorrow.
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

One of Moultrie's longest running family businesses is closing its doors for good.

The Dalton family has been in the restaurant business in Moultrie for more than 50 years.

The family's latest venture - Dalton's Chicken - has been at its current location just off Veteran's Parkway since 1990.

Patsy Dalton Akridge decided last week to close her shop and retire. Customers say they'll miss the popular gathering spot.

Roscoe Stallings has been patronizing Dalton family eateries for all of those 50 plus years.  "It's family, it's locally owned...very good food," he said.

For Akridge, closing the restaurant is bittersweet, but there are things that she's looking forward to.

"I was ready to retire. I've been in the restaurant for more than 50 years. I grew up in the restaurant and I wanted time to travel and spend time with my family," she said.

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