Branch of Atlanta's Varsity closes after 4 decades

Atlanta, GA - ATLANTA (AP) - A branch of Atlanta's famous Varsity fast-food empire is closing after more than four decades of slinging chili dogs and onion rings.

The Varsity Jr. on Lindbergh Drive in the northeast corner of the city closes Sunday after 45 years. Owners said the restaurant needed to be completely rebuilt but the city placed too many restrictions on the construction project to make it feasible.

The original Varsity opened near Georgia Tech more than 80 years ago. The chain has four locations in metro Atlanta and one in Athens near the University of Georgia campus.

A new location is expected to open in Dawsonville outside of Atlanta by December.

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