Anton’s Coffee Shop, a Springfield landmark that opened on April Fools’ Day 1974, will close its doors forever after business on Sunday, March 1.
Its longtime owner Anton Tasich died Jan. 17 following a re-occurrence of lung cancer in the summer.
An auction of items inside the small restaurant will be Friday, March 13, according to his widow, Roberta Tasich. The couple was married 49 years.
“I’m sorry to do it, but I have no other choice,” she said Feb. 20 when contacted at home.
The coffee shop has been at 937 S. Glenstone Ave. since its opening.
In the fall, Anton was ill and he realized he would not return to the coffee shop.