One of Birmingham's original Balti Triangle restaurants is closing after nearly 45 years - despite numbering Robert Plant and UB40 among its biggest fans.
Saleem's in Sparkbrook fought back to re-open after being partially wrecked by the freak tornado of July 2005 but falling trade means will shut permanently next month.
Co-owner Saleem Waheed, whose late father Abdul opened the Ladypool Road Pakistani restaurant in 1971, described the closure as "like a bereavement".
"We were the very first Balti Triangle restaurant in the Ladypool Road and ten to 15 years later others started opening up," he said.
"There were 25 to 30 at one time but now there are only seven or eight left.
"We built up a real following, with customers from all over the world. We have had people like Robert Plant, UB40, Fairport Convention down the years - Planty has been coming here since the 1970s, he used to eat with his son.
"We have had three generations of customers in my lifetime here, brilliant memories.
"We have a UK-wide following. We have international customers who come back straight back here when they visit the area. We have had a great time with very loyal customers.
"We were hit by the tornado in 2005 and had to shut for five months. We renovated the whole building, relaid the dining room and were able to re-open."
The diner, which also makes its own sweets, will shut for good on November 2.
Mr Waheed described the planned closure as more like a bereavement than a celebration and blamed the move on declining trade and the recession.
"There's too much competition - you get a lot of franchises around here now and they are putting on cheap and cheerful food," he added.
"The trade around here is mostly clothing shops and it doesn't bring the customers in. The area has declined in recent years and customers are going to Moseley village."
Mr Waheed, who runs the restaurant alongside his brother Rafique, said he was considering re-opening elsewhere.
"Give me six months or so and we may relocate," he said.