Video

Wagon Wheel sandwich shop closing in Winnipeg

The Wagon Wheel, an iconic Winnipeg restaurant that has dished out countless clubhouse sandwiches for more than 50 years, is closing its doors for good.
Wagon Wheel, a popular downtown Winnipeg restaurant known for its clubhouse sandwiches, is closing down after decades in operation. 1:59

The Wagon Wheel, an iconic Winnipeg restaurant that has dished out countless clubhouse sandwiches for more than 50 years, is closing its doors for good.

The downtown diner's last day is on Friday, as the building it's in makes way for a new hotel development.

"It's sad…a lot of people cry, you know, and of course they make me cry too," Franny Gomez, the restaurant's owner, told CBC News on Thursday.

Gomez has worked at the Wagon Wheel for about 28 years, initially as a dishwasher. She took over as owner about two years ago, after longtime owner Louis Mathez passed away.

She continued the restaurant's tradition of putting fresh turkey inside their thick clubhouse sandwiches.

Fans and loyal customers lined up outside the Wagon Wheel on Thursday to enjoy those sandwiches for the last time. Long lines are also expected on Friday.

Click on the video player above to watch Angela Johnston's report.