NEW ALBANY, IN. (WDRB) -- A 60-year tradition of Lancaster family-owned restaurants in New Albany is about to come to an end. Lancaster's Cafeteria in downtown New Albany is moving, but not because its owner wants to.
Most of the tables are full during lunchtime at Lancaster's. "Business is fantastic," says owner Troy Lancaster. But soon Lancaster's will leave New Albany and move to a location on Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clarksville. "There was a lease issue," says Lancaster, "we lost our lease."
Lancaster had hoped to keep open his New Albany location and open a second one in Clarksville. But after losing his lease, renovations are now underway for a move to Clarksville next month in a building that once housed a Ponderosa restaurant.
Says Lancaster, "We are trying to make the Clarksville location resemble as much as possible the New Albany location, so we are remodeling the whole building both inside and outside."
Lancaster says his new location will have a lot more seating and a separate kitchen for catering that will allow that part of the business to expand. "I have already been asked, are the prices going to stay the same," he explains. "There might be a slight increase, but it won't be anything substantial for the most part."
So after 60 years the Lancaster name in the New Albany restaurant business will be gone. "It is a little bittersweet coming to Clarksville and leaving New Albany and the family name for the first time since 1953, but you got to do what you got to do; so we hope for the best in Clarksville," Lancaster adds.
Lancaster is hoping his loyal customers in New Albany will follow him to his new location. The last day of business for the New Albany restaurant will be June 28.
Lancaster hopes to reopen in Clarksville July 8.