The tickets were stacking up on Saturday, the penultimate day of service at Capital City Diner. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

The folks who arrived this past weekend at Capital City Diner, on the other hand, brought only their appetites, even if a number of them (such as yours truly) dragged with them a slightly guilty conscience for not frequenting the Trinidad diner enough to prevent its demise.

“The last day went well,” owner Matt Ashburn e-mailed earlier this morning after shutting down the diner Sunday, perhaps for the last time under his watch.

“It was a bit busier than yesterday, and we had several folks come by both days,” Ashburn continued. “Some came by multiple times one or both days. It was very touching to say the least, and I got pretty emotional over the past two days. It was very difficult to get up and go to the diner today, knowing it might well be the last time I see most of the regulars.”


The diner was standing-room-only on Saturday as regulars and gawkers came to pay their last respects. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

Ashburn, center, with his trademark mug in hand, insisted on sharing the spotlight with waitress Cheryl Somers (left) and cook Silvia Mendez. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

The tickets were coming fast and furious, keeping the two griddle cooks busy. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

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The griddle was sizzling with eggs, hash browns and sausages. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)