Forest Diner in Ellicott City to serve its last meal Monday

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Starting out as an original Silk City dining car that expanded over the years, Forest Diner has decided to close its doors after dishing out coffee and eggs in Howard County since 1946. Patrons will have to savor the taste and say good-bye when the popular Ellicott City institution closes at the end of the day on May 28.

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It’s Sunday morning, so that means Dick Weinknecht and Rick Dietrich are in their usual perches — sitting atop the red-vinyl-covered stools at the counter of the Forest Diner, nearly-empty coffee cups and folded newspapers in front of them.

“I come here for breakfast seven days a week,” said Dietrich. “Four days a week I eat oatmeal, then I mix it up with eggs.”

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